Random Music News for Friday, May 13, 2016

If it’s Friday, then I’m in Vancouver. Here’s some music news to set up the weekend.

  1. In nine months, there might be a post-Prince-is-dead baby boom thanks to Stevie Wonder. (Via Tom)
  2. If you’re looking to get your music out there, here’s something you need to read when it comes to planning publicity. (Via Tom again)
  3. Sign of the times: The Grammys are considering a new category for free music. (Currently, only commercial releases–music that gets sold for cash–are eligible.)
  4. You fan now fly with Kim and Kanye on their private jet–for $10,000.
  5. David Beckham is a Stone Roses fan. He’s had a good week.
  6. Prince’s ex-wives got together to plan a celebration of life for the Purple One.
  7. Meanwhile, Prince’s “only son”–a felon locked in a supermax prison in Colorado–once rapped about killing his (alleged) dad.
  8. SOCAN, Canada’s performing rights organization, made an acquisition that they say will help them collect more royalties for Canadian performers.
  9. Does this mean that Apple will finally sort out the big bloated mess that is iTunes?
  10. A concert designed specifically for dogs.
  11. In Canada, commercial radio stations have to play a minimum of 35% Canadian content. In South Africa, national broadcaster SABC is now mandated to play 90% South African music.
  12. Courtney Love has a new movie role–and it’s been shown right now at Cannes.

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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