Random Music News for Thursday, April 7, 2016

This was a big day in computing in 1964. IBM introduced the System/360. And now, some music news…

  1. This Canadian singer snuck into Buckingham Palace and got to perform illicitly.
  2. Terry Jacks, the man behind the massive CanCon (and worldwide hit) “Seasons in the Sun” back in the early 70s, is recovering from a stroke in a Vancouver hospital.
  3. The Rolling Stones are working on a new album. Seriously, does anyone care about new Stones music?
  4. There’s a fight over the money Scott Weiland left behind.
  5. Meanwhile, STP  is apparently close to finding their new lead singer.
  6. Panama Papers fallout: This cellist helped Vladimir Putin hide billions.
  7. More: Simon Colwell has been hiding money, too.
  8. Going to NXNE in June? Here’s some of what you can expect to see.
  9. Why Facebook won’t let a band promote a gig in the English town of Scunthorpe.
  10. Here’s a collection of apps that might make the lives of music fans easier.
  11. David Bowie has dominated the British music charts this year.
  12. Why is country music so big in Ireland?
  13. Which landfill indie band are you? (I know that’s weird, but click for clarification.)
  14. Would you vote for Disco Donnie for president? Hey, he couldn’t be worse than Donald Trump…
  15. Tom Waits has a new TV gig.
  16. Ravi Shankar is 96.
  17. A quarter of young Europeans pirate online content.

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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