Random Music News for Saturday, February 17, 2018

I’m still engulfed in the Olympics. It’s amazing how we become experts in certain sports every two years–then we forget about them until the next time. Here’s what’s going on in music news for February 17.

  1. How Hedley went from Canadian music heroes to pariahs in less than a week.
  2. They’ve been dropped by their management
  3. …and this tattoo artist is offering free cover-ups of Hedley tattoos.
  4. A French musician was robbed at knifepoint. The thief took a million-euro cello. Wait–what?
  5. William Shatner has signed with a country music label. Again, wait–what?
  6. Metallica has teamed up with Vans on a new line of merch.
  7. Jimmy Page says a new live Led Zeppelin album is on the way. Finally! Something to replace the substandard The Song Remains the Same.
  8. Like your Canadian music loud and heavy? Then look at this.
  9. Elton John halted a concert after getting smacked in the mouth by a necklace.
  10. Gold medal snowboarder and former rock band member Shaun White hired Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers to defend him against sexual misconduct allegations.
  11. The nominees are out for the 2018 Independent Music Awards.
  12. Portugal. The Man once took on Sarah Palin–and won.
  13. Another record executive has been fired over #MeToo issues.
  14. Lisa Marie Presley says she’s $16 million in debt.
  15. Pussy Riot has been exiled to Sweden. “It’s the price to pay for opposing Putin.”
  16. It’s not just Trump who fooled by Russian bots. Nicki Minaj was taken, too.
  17. Apple: “Who needs a home button, anyway?”
  18. Noel and Liam Gallagher: burglars?

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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