Random Music News for November 5, 2014

Happy 7th birthday, Android operating system. Good luck with Lollipop.

  1. Ed Sheeran locked himself in a toilet. Unfortunately, he was rescued.
  2. And Ed did a duet with EPL footballer Wayne Rooney? Why, yes. Yes, he did.
  3. Snow Patrol is writing wedding music for Courtney Cox. Well, she is marrying the band’s Tony McDaid. She’s 50, he’s 38. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
  4. There will be weird chart numbers later today. Taylor Swift selling over 1.2 million copies of 1989 and both Led Zeppelin and Manilow will have debuts in the US Top 10.
  5. Here are the results from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. No, I’d never heard of them, either.
  6. Toronto to Prince: “WTF, dude?”
  7. Spotify is now bigger than iTunes in Europe. And check out this chart of how streaming revenues are increasing. Yes, we’re seeing another big shift in music consumption.
  8. All three founding members of The Pirate Bay are now in jail.
  9. Beyonce is the highest-paid women in music. Or at least she was. Let’s see how Taylor Swift does with her 1989 album.
  10. Wow, a LOT of people have pre-ordered the new Pink Floyd album, The Endless River.
  11. It was back in 1986 that the Clash released their last album, Cut the Crap. Here’s the Rolling Stone review of that debacle. (Via Tom)
  12. Feeling sad today? Turn things around by listening to some sad music. I know it, I know, it sounds counter-intuitive–but look!
  13. Why 1984 was an awesome year for metal. (Via Tom)


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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