Random Music News for November 26, 2014

I was at a Stevie Wonder show at the Air Canada Center last night. He had a 26-piece (!!!) band.

  1. Here’s an interesting new use for Blu-ray discs: Solar cells.
  2. “Penises, Butts and Gossip. Why Modern Music Journalism Sucks
  3. U2 releasing a rare double set of a gig from 1980. (Via Michael)
  4. Meanwhile, Bono and U2 have been named by CQ among 2014’s least influential people. They’re down there with Robin Thicke.
  5. Improve the taste of your wine with sound.
  6. Now you can’t escape Christmas music wherever and whenever you shop, even online.
  7. However, a new study says that Canadians LOVE holiday music.
  8. Prince has another Internet hissy fit, deleting his Facebook and Twitter accounts and yanks all his music from YouTube and Soundcloud.
  9. Here’s a nice feature from Rolling Stone about the making of the original Band Aid record 30 years ago this week.
  10. Attention Phil Rudd: if you ever want to get back into AC/DC, this isn’t the way to make it happen.
  11. This musician LOVES Spotify. Take that, Thom Yorke, Taylor Swift and David Byrne!
  12. And on the subject of Spotify, here’s how data and mobile apps are shaping the company’s drive to be profitable.
  13. Sinead O’Connors defends the whole Band Aid 30 project.
  14. Liam Gallagher’s baby mama woes continue.
  15. Will Twitter buy this app that allows you just to take selfies? If it does, Justin Bieber will make some dosh because he invested in it.

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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