Random Music News for Thursday, September 29, 2016

For some reason, I’ve been called to a consultation meeting by the federal Ministry of Finance today. (I’m not kidding!) Any requests? And now, some music news…

  1. Jari Kurri and Justin Bieber? Isn’t that a match penalty? (Via Tom)
  2. Not only is Spotify thinking about buying SoundCloud, but there are rumours that Disney might buy Twitter.
  3. According to Spotify, these are the world’s “most viral tracks” this week.
  4. And here are the top Spotify artists, tracks and albums for 2015-2016.
  5. So what, exactly, is going on with Prince’s estate these days?
  6. Joel North, a radio guy in Newfoundland, lost his job after a single tweet enraged the Internet. Was this an example of mob rule? This is worth following up and putting in context. Go here.
  7. David Bowie’s biggest singles will be collected together in a special “legacy” edition next year.
  8. Guitarists: Tired of all those cables? Here’s an amp that eliminates ALL of them.
  9. Just in time for Halloween, Iron Maiden has readied a new series of Eddie masks.
  10. Hey, Soundgarden! How’s that new album coming?
  11. “Could the future of Americana be…British?”
  12. Frances Bean Cobain has to pay for her soon-to-be-ex’s support while the divorce goes through.
  13. It’s almost time for Coachella Classic: Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Roger Walters, Neil Young and the Who set to play in the desert.
  14. This indie artist nearly died filming this music video.
  15. London’s mayor promises to work to preserve the city’s music scene which is actually in big trouble.
  16. YouTube has a new music sheriff in town. They think the new guy can help the company play nice with the music industry,

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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