Random Music News for Friday, April 21, 2017

We lost Prince a year ago today–and we haven’t heard the end of this story. Not by a long shot. But I can tell you that he sold more albums than any other artist in 2016. And now, the music news for April 21.

  1. Jay Z is now getting into National Geographic documentaries.
  2. Then again, his Live Nation deal is coming to a close, so Jay Z is hoping to cash in and do other things.
  3. Here’s a cool infographic of all the successful and failed products to come out of Google.
  4. The City of Toronto has joined an effort to keep more of the city’s music clubs from closing. Good.
  5. Inside this old ratty piano was £500,000 in gold coins. How did they get there?
  6. So Kid Rock, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin were invited for dinner at the White House. No, that isn’t the first line of a joke. It actually happened.
  7. This is NOT the kind of story an up-and-coming indie band needs.
  8. And here’s a tip: Beware of using an Indian god on Instagram. Right, Katy Perry?
  9. The biggest music video debut on YouTube so far this year isn’t even a music video. Wait–what?
  10. Roger Waters has revealed details about his upcoming new album, his first in 25 years.
  11. Let’s play some AC/DC to a group of young kids and film their reactions. (Via Andrew)
  12. Virgin Atlantic–yes, the airline–is launching its own podcast with the co-founders of the indie label, Kill Rock Stars.
  13. There’s a new theory about Jon Snow on Game of Thrones–and as a bonus, here’s an operatic version of the theme song.
  14. Skrillex was handcuffed by cops for playing loud music.
  15. An NYFD firefighter who died this week was a pro metal drummer.

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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