Random Music News for Monday, December 29, 2014

Dexter Holland of the Offspring turns 49 today.

  1. If Led Zeppelin should ever reunite, who would you have as their drummer? The guy who played drums on “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” Seriously?
  2. So Madonna released six songs over the holidays. How are they selling? Oh…
  3. Now a South Korean pop star is mad about The Interviewand she’s suing.
  4. Here’s a list of the most legally downloaded artists on BitTorrent in 2014.
  5. Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace and his wife Chantal Kreviazuk were both named to the Order of Canada.
  6. Hey, we didn’t hear anything about Bono busking on the streets of Dublin this Christmas this year. That’s because he took a pass to heal. (Via Tom)
  7. So is Dave Lombardo interested in returning to Slayer? No.  And yes. (Via Tom again)
  8. Google is going to start publishing song lyrics.
  9. A new museum promises to recreate the sounds and smells of famous deaths:  JFK, Prince Diana, Muammar Gaddafi and, er, Whitney Houston.
  10. How about some new Nikes deliberately designed to look like an iPhone case?
  11. This is fun: musicians stripped down to their iconic outfits.
  12. Do you sing or speak for a living? How valuable is your voice?
  13. The son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour seems to have some serious issues.
  14. Is this really “the iTunes of newspapers?”
  15. Former Sisters of Mercy/Curve guitarist, Chris Sheehan, has died.
  16. Don’t worry about Adele and her boyfriend. They’re still together.
  17. Alicia Keys has named her son Genesis. Sorry, but that makes me think of Star Trek II.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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