Random Music News for Friday, February 24, 2017

Well, that was a long day in the air: PER-SIN-TAI-YYZ. It will take a while before my soul catches up through those 13 time zones. And now, the music news.

  1. Beyonce has decided that playing Coachella while pregnant with twins isn’t a good idea, so she’s canceled
  2. …and promoters have dropped the price of tickets by 12%.
  3. H.R., the lead singer for Bad Brains, has had brain surgery on his, er, bad brain. Things look good.
  4. Universal, the biggest record label in the world, now makes more money from streaming than from physical sales.
  5. Some industry people are saying that this guy is the next Bieber. Forearmed is forewarned…
  6. Remember Jackie Evancho? The one sang the national anthem at Trump’s inauguration? She’s not such a Trump fan anymore.
  7. Looking for album cover artwork? Any of these cute animal pictures would be great! (Via Andrew)
  8. AC/DC is going to make an album with Axl Rose? Apparently.
  9. I got over my pathological hate for disco a while back. Now I’m interested in listening to this feature on its history.
  10. So why did Chester Bennington leave Stone Temple Pilots? Here’s why.
  11. Spotify is getting into the production of original podcasts.
  12. So how did the Grammy awards affect music sales? Like this.

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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