Random Music News for May 29, 2014

The new puppy comes today.  I wonder how Schmooze (the current English bull terrier) will take to Squirt?

  1. Dude uses stun gun to rob a concert performer of a $5 million Stradivarius violin. (Thanks to John for the link.)
  2. Motley Crue’s Vince Neil now owns a piece of an Arena Football League team.
  3. This account of a visit to a dairy farm includes an encounter with Stephen Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, some free donuts and a crazy dog covered in shit.
  4. You know those Kate Bush shows coming up later this year in London?  They’re now being scalped for over $4,000 each.
  5. Laying a beating on Jay Z has done wonders for Solange’s recording career.
  6. Fender strikes a deal with U2 to boost guitar sales.
  7. Speaking of guitars, check out this cool new effects pedal that will make your axe sound like a classic organ.
  8. Here’s more industry talk about the Apple-Beats deal.
  9. Metallica’s “black” album becomes the first to sell 16 million copies in America in the SoundScan era.
  10. Supergroup math:  Pearl Jam + Mad Season + REM = Tuatara
  11. Rihanna now has more than FIVE BILLION views on YouTube.
  12. How Maya Angelou influenced hip hop.

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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