Random Music News for Monday, March 6, 2017

On this day in 1975, the Zapruder film was shown on TV for the first time. The JFK assassination investigation hasn’t been the same since. And now, some music news.

  1. Ed Sheeran obliterated streaming records on Spotify over the weekend with 68.7 million streams in one day. The old record was held by The Weeknd with 29 million.
  2. The next time the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album gets re-released, it’ll be different for every other release.
  3. A Margaritaville retirement community? Yep. Jimmy Buffet has his fingers in everything.
  4. A Morrissey biopic? It could happen.
  5. Chris Martin had a Willy Wonka-themed 40th birthday party.
  6. The largest private radio group in the US is under extreme financial pressure. Will they go down?
  7. Nirvana’s Nevermind has now been on the Billboard charts for 350 non-consecutive weeks.
  8. I can’t tell if this guy is pleased with the state of music under Trump or decrying it.
  9. Barbra Streisand said Donald Trump is making her gain weight.
  10. “Oh,” Adele says, “I got married.”
  11. Looks like the iPhone 8 will have a 5.8-inch OLED display.
  12. Police drama at LAX with One Direction! Charges on the way!
  13. Jerry Lee Lewis is suing his daughter for elder abuse.
  14. “Seven things you only know if you’re a professional voiceover” artist. Take it from me: this is all very, very true.
  15. An Australian company has cracked Apple’s podcasts stats. We can now get proper metrics that were once kept secret. I’m using it to see how Ongoing History podcasts are doing.
  16. Toronto’s Hugh’s Room has been saved. It will reopen on March 15.

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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