Random Music News for July 15, 2014

I’m having World Cup withdrawal…

  1. It was two years ago today that Psy’s “Gangnam Style” was uploaded to YouTube.  As I write this, views are sitting at 2,039,126,571.
  2. And it was three years ago today that Spotify launched in the US.  Canada will get its turn by the end of the year.
  3. This UK tax avoidance scheme has enveloped some interesting names.
  4. We forget that Bob Marley didn’t become a household name until after he died. Here’s how that happened.
  5. We should probably check out Next Big Sound for ideas on which artists are going to be big in the next six months.
  6. Another interesting theory as to why Apple bought Beats.  This makes some sense.
  7. A nice feature on Dinosaur Jr. in The New Yorker.
  8. Remember that woman who accused Conor Oberst of rape?  She made it all up. (Via Greggory)
  9. A new Blink-182 album is on the way, apparently. (Via Greggory again)
  10. This British busker was so good, he won a big recording deal.  It only took him 20 years to get it, though.  Here’s his first single, “Caught in the Moonlight.”
  11. The inventor of the wind-up radio is annoyed he didn’t make more money on the thing.  I can’t blame him, either.

 

 

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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