Random Music News for Friday, September 15, 2017

I started writing this post just before I boarded flights from Singapore to Toronto via Taipei. In the way was (a) the flight path of that last Korean missile; and (b) Super Typhoon Talim. I’ll see you back on the ground. Maybe.

  1. Lady Gaga’s chronic fibromyalgia is so bad that she’s had to pull out of Friday’s headlining gig at Rock in Rio.
  2. There’s more new music coming from Radiohead, but it’s not exactly what you might think.
  3. It was a classic rock summer, apparently. At least in America.
  4. Spotify has launched its new iMessage app.
  5. So it was Tina Turner who taught Mick Jagger how to dance? That’s what she says.
  6. This is fantastic: A BBC 5 podcast called “I Was There,” which features witnesses to the assassination of John Lennon. It will give you chills. (Thanks to Pamela)
  7. English and European musicians are finally starting to write about the refugee crisis.
  8. This is what it finally took for Ozzy to get sober. Eeww.
  9. Decapitated, the Polish death metal band, denies all charges of kidnapping and gang rape. But they’ve canceled their tour just the same.
  10. If it wasn’t for Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl nip slip, Netflix wouldn’t exist. Wait–what?
  11. Did Rage Against the Machine predict a Trump presidency 17 years ago? Sure looks like it.
  12. Want a better idea of how digital audio works, watch this video. (Via Mike)
  13. Did this past week’s episode of South Park mess with your Google Home?
  14. Record labels have sales people whose job is to convince retailers to take their stuff. But what’s the future of these sorts of sales positions in the era of streaming?
  15. Those sales people must be longing for the days when artists used to rack up numbers like these. We will never see their kind again.

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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