Random Music News for Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Let’s see if we can get through today without having another rock star die, shall we?

  1. Rod Stewart is building a massive football pitch on the grounds of his mansion.
  2. Adele’s “Hello” is the fastest video to ever reach 1 billion views on YouTube…
  3. …but Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is now up to 2.5 billion.
  4. I can’t remember the last time a concert was halted because of a chemical leak.
  5. The Canadian DJ Show is coming up in Toronto on March 11-13. Details here.
  6. Spotify has a new deal with Starbucks.
  7. Beyonce has started rehearsing for the Super Bowl where her backup band will be Coldplay.
  8. Meanwhile, Chris Martin would like us to know about his new 6:1 diet.
  9. French streaming music service Deezer just raised $109 million.
  10. Despite rumours, Kanye says he has no intention of recording a David Bowie tribute album. Good thing, because there was already a petition against it.
  11. So why didn’t Straight Outta Compton get any Oscar nominations? Some theories.
  12. Speaking of which, will there be an NWA reunion at Coachella? Maybe.
  13. A sign of summer: the lineup for Bonnaroo 2016.
  14. Do you suffer from infomania? I think I do. Remember, the first step to getting well is to admit you have a problem.
  15. And are the high-frequency sounds of modern life making you sick? Maybe.
  16. This Australian singer just landed a global deal with Coca-Cola.

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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