Random Music News for Thursday, October 9, 2014

I finally get to home today after almost two weeks on the road. I hope my dogs recognize me.

  1. If you like brass bands, check out these 13 covers that rival the originals.
  2. Here’s the kind of granular data you can get back from streaming music services. Labels and managers LOVE this kind of stuff.
  3. Is your iPhone 6 causing you to lose your hair? You’re not alone.
  4. Then again, Siri is pretty good at finding and tagging songs.
  5. Snoop Dogg Lion: Minor football’s best friend?
  6. Not about music, but applicable to music. Google Voice debuts in Canada.
  7. Richard Branson says his 1986 prank could have been the inspiration for iTunes.
  8. Look at all the 90s-era Canadian alt-rock stars that are touring again.
  9. And on a related note, here’s how rock stars can age gracefully.
  10. Here are details on David Bowie’s new song, “SUE.” It’s supposed to be “jazz-oriented.”
  11. A stripper has apologized to Drake. Here’s why.
  12. Are you following the controversy over Tariff 8 in Canada? It actually affects quite a number of things for music fans.
  13. A homeless Chicago rapper ended up with a record deal after a video of him went viral.
  14. Pandora is coming to Australian cars.
  15. The Bryan Adams-Ryan Adams war may be over. Thank God, right?
  16. Bose turns 50.
  17. Crystal Castles announces that they’re breaking up.

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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