Random Music News for Wednesday, August 5, 2015

As you struggle with traffic today, remember that it was on this day in 1914 that the first-ever traffic light was installed in Cleveland.

And now, the music news.

  1. Courtney Love vs. her biographer, round…whatever.
  2. There have been more executive shuffles at Jay Z’s Tidal.
  3. Paul Stanley from KISS is now a singer in a soul band. Seriously. (Via Tom)
  4. U2 recently had a town hall with SiriusXM satellite radio in New York. (Via Larry)
  5. Does YouTube look different to you this week? It should.
  6. Here’s a fun comparison of classic cover versions with their original recordings. (Via Irish Alan)
  7. Webcast listening continues to go up.
  8. Life after Sonic Youth: Kim Gordon to play a schoolteacher in a German horror film.
  9. Rod Stewart says The Faces are getting back together–with him, this time. Sadly, Ian McLagan and Ronnie Lane are still dead.
  10. The B52s Kate Pierson just married her long time partner, Monica Coleman.
  11. Here’s a lesson in musical activism.
  12. We’re running out of time to get hoverboards. The Lexus version doesn’t really work.
  13. Taylor Swift’s mother helped her take on Apple.
  14. Lenny Kravitz rips pants onstage. Lenny Kravitz wasn’t wearing underwear. Little Lenny got exposed. And here’s proof.
  15. A real life Cookie Lyon has sued the people behind Empire for stealing her life story.
  16. When it comes to the new Ghostbusters, who are you gonna call? Ozzy, maybe?
  17. Would you pay £50,000 for a pair of shoes worn by Yeezy?

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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