Random Music News for Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Excuse me, winter. Do f**k off, please.

  1. Two German opera stars are among the victims of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps.
  2. With the creation of a global release day for music coming this summer–we’re all switching to Fridays–it marks the end of 48 years of the BBC’s Sunday Chart Show.
  3. Do stars–and by “stars,” I mean huge heavenly bodies that fuse elements to create energy–sing?  Apparently.
  4. Producer Flood defends U2’s Songs of Innocence.
  5. About bloody time: all three of Penelope Spheeris’ Decline of Western Civilization documentaries will be released on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in a deluxe box set on June 30th. (Via Brent) And Dave Grohl will be doing some commentary. (Via Adam)
  6. Polaris Music Prize winner Godspeed You! Black Emperor is streaming their new album. (Via Pamela Chelin)
  7. Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” has seen a spike in sales since the “Blurred Lines” verdict. What a surprise.
  8. Remember how Scott Stapp of Creed had a mental meltdown last year? Here’s an update on his condition.
  9. Beyonce shoes.
  10. Drake and Nickelback are changing country music. Yes, I said “country music.”
  11. Ex(?) Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge plans to release fifteen novels. Yes, fifteen.
  12. A Van Halen tour with DLR is planned for North America this summer. Canadian dates include Toronto and London.
  13. How good are you at identifying these girl groups from the 00’s?
  14. Ted Cruz, who wants to be the next US president (even though he was born in Calgary), says he gave up rock for country after 9/11.
  15. Just because you’re deaf doesn’t mean you don’t care about music.
  16. Want to stream tonight’s Blur concert? Read this. (Via Larry)

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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