Random Music News for Monday, January 15, 2018

It’s Martin Luther King Day in the US. Canadians could use a stat right about now, don’t you think? Any ideas for something to commemorate/celebrate? Think about that as you browse through music news for January 15, 2018.

  1. Taylor Swift has been warned about a guy with a gun who’s claiming to be her boyfriend.
  2. The “Mariah Carey Effect” has resulted in a spike in the demand for tea in New York City.
  3. The new changes to Facebook’s algorithm are going to make it tougher for bands to cut through…
  4. …but here’s how bands can make the most of the new changes.
  5. Oprah’s Golden Globes speech is now available on Spotify.
  6. Meanwhile, here’s an alternate strategy: How to get your band’s music on Spotify playlists.
  7. Feeling too addicted to your smartphone? Setting the screen to grayscale will reduce your urge to keep looking at your phone.
  8. Mercedes-Benz has a pretty cool user interface for their upcoming vehicles.
  9. Julia-Louise Dreyfus has overcome breast cancer. Her family celebrated with a rendition of “Beat It.” (via Tom)
  10. Complaints are coming in from the neighhours: This church plays “Amazing Grace” too much.
  11. One of the kids from Stranger Things is in a band that covers Velvet Underground songs. That’s definitely a strange thing.
  12. This 70-year-old subway singer just landed a record deal.
  13. Yes, there is definitely more hip-hop on TV.
  14. Carrie Brownstein’s memoir of her time in the riot grrrl group Sleater-Kinney is being turned into a TV show. Who would have predicted that in 1993?
  15. Expect to hear even more Bob Marley music in more places. Here’s why.
  16. Wanna rent Rihanna’s house? You can–for a price, of course.

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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