Random Music News for Thursday, May 26, 2016

The lavender redbud is blooming nicely in the front yard. It survived another rough winter. And now, the music news…

  1. Looks like the British government is really going to crack down on the second-hand concert ticket seller market.
  2. The Black Eye Peas Will.i.am has a new set of Bluetooth earbuds.
  3. A New Zealand record store is fighting to keep a 15 year-old deaf cat even though some customers call it “disgusting.” Leave the cat alone.
  4. Would you rather Selena Gomez or Beyonce. (No, it’s not that kind of question.)
  5. Back to the “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism trial: it’s getting ugly again.
  6. Ozzy gets his own real-life crazy train. Sort of.
  7. Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones has announced his autobiography. I wonder how much of it will be true?
  8. Spotify is about to turn 10. What lies ahead?
  9. The story of the man who discovered Prince.
  10. If you ever built your own computer, you need to read this: the history of the Sound Blaster audio card. (Via Andrew)
  11. Here’s an odd potential twist to the Ozzy-Sharon Osbourne marital strife.
  12. Chris Cornell got some old grunge tapes back. He’s really, really happy about this.
  13. Fun fact: The US Navy still uses floppy discs.
  14. And is the iPhone 350 years old?
  15. AT&T and Verizon are apparently bidding for Yahoo!

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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