Random Music News for Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It’s tax day in the US. Which reminds me: I still haven’t done my taxes. We have until the 30th.

  1. Here’s an interesting read: digital music in the Arab world.
  2. Attention artists: you can make money from streaming music services–if you try.
  3. If your headphones keep slipping out while you run, these might be a solution.
  4. The UK now has an official vinyl chart.
  5. Damn kids and their Led Zeppelin and Ozzy Osbourne… (Via Tom)
  6. The FBI is investigating a serial music leaker.
  7. Florence Welch broke her foot at Coachella. While performing, no less.
  8. Meanwhile, an AC/DC fan was killed by a train after the band’s Coachella set. Wait–what?
  9. If you’re a Michael Jackson fan, you’d better not click here. Trust me.
  10. Politics according to Cher.
  11. Are scripted music dramas the next big thing for network TV? Maybe.
  12. Canada’s music man in space, Commander Chris Hadfield, will release his debut album later this year. He has a major label deal through Warner Music Canada.
  13. How many people attend music festivals in the US each year? About 32 million.
  14. A musicians’ guide to advertising on Facebook.
  15. Billy Joel just became a father for the second time–at age 65.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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