Random Music News for Wednesday, July 8, 2015

As we watch the markets react to the Greece situation, it could be a whole lot worse. On this day in 1932, the Dow Jones reached its lowest level ever: 41.22.

  1. A skyscraper has been named after Beyonce.
  2. Microsoft has rebranded Xbox Music as Groove. They need to challenge Apple.
  3. George Michael will rent you his house in Australia. It’s not cheap, though.
  4. The first new New Order album in forever will feature appearances by Brandon Flowers and Iggy Pop.
  5. Don’t be fooled by the upcoming Chris Cornell album. It’s his solo debut from 1999 but with a different title.
  6. Remember the scandal of the Balloon Boy? He and his brothers are now in a metal band.
  7. Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge has a novel: …Of Nightmares.
  8. Snoop Dogg is being sued by a religious group for being blasphemous.
  9. People like Chris Brown shouldn’t be allowed nice cars. See?
  10. A Moroccan TV channel is off the hook after broadcasting something featuring a “scantily dressed” Jennifer Lopez.
  11. This is the summer of celebrity death documentaries.
  12. Which brings me to Amy Winehouse’s father, who really doesn’t like this new documentary on his daughter.
  13. Meanwhile, Eve Hewson talks about what it’s like to have Bono for a dad.
  14. Bieber bum.
  15. More than 175,000 people paid for a live stream of the last Grateful Dead gigs.
  16. Taylor Swift gave a teen boy fashion advice for his prom. No, he won’t be beaten up…
  17. Joni Mitchell: Not dead yet. In fact, she’s getting better. Bloody aneurysm.

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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