Random Music News for Monday, February 9, 2015

What? You were surprised that the Grammys sucked?

  1. The secret of the people who write books for famous people. For which artist would you like to ghostwrite? (Via Peter)
  2. Ever hear of Magic Transistor? It’s a podcast site for music fans.
  3. Which is the most-followed American band on YouTube. WRONG! It’s these guys.
  4. Screaming lemmings. Sounds like a good name for a band, too.
  5. Katy Perry’s “left shark” is causing trouble.
  6. Listening with your tongue. You heard me.
  7. You won’t believe what someone paid for a pair of Justin Bieber’s stinky old shoes. (Via Tom)
  8. The story of Hozier.
  9. If you could broadcast a song to potential alien civilizations, what would it be?
  10. Poor Mariah. Couldn’t hit those notes, could you, dear? (Via Tom)
  11. One person is dead and five others were injured at an Australian dance fest.
  12. Swedes have stopped buying music. Why? Because they love streaming so much. (And let’s not forget that Sweden is the birthplace of Spotify.)
  13. The man who gave us the awesome Grado headphones has died at the age of 90.
  14. Time to start thinking about Record Store Day. Bowie’s got something coming.
  15. Someone found an old song once performed by Groucho Marx. They’re bringing it back to life.

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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