Random Music News for Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This was the day of the great 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles. It wasn’t the Big One, but it was bad. And now, the music news…

  1. Two Canadians are among the dead at that shooting at an EDM club in Mexico.
  2. Music streaming finally now has more paying subscribers than Netflix.
  3. Things continue to be weird and confused about George Michael’s death.
  4. Now that Donald Trump’s inauguration has hired a Springsteen tribute band to perform, other such bands are getting more attention.
  5. Scalpers are taking a bath on events surrounding the Trump inauguration.
  6. Can’t understand that, given that Tony Orlando has just accepted an invitation to perform. No jokes about tying yellow ribbons around anything, please.
  7. The National and Common will perform at an anti-Trump event Thursday night at DC’s famous 9:30 Club.
  8. But Billy Corgan has come to Trump’s defense.
  9. Here’s more on Apple’s rumoured expansion into making original audio and video programming.
  10. This Indonesian singer is turning her rape scars into a song. The BBC reports.
  11. If you love analogue sound, here’s a podcast you must hear.
  12. Both Elton John and Mariah Carey performed at the wedding of a Russian oligarch’s granddaughter.
  13. The most frightening statement today’s broadcasters can hear: “I can’t find your radio station.” It’s a problem–and it’s getting worse.
  14. This British singer has a great open letter about the issue of institutional racism.
  15. Paul Weller has a cameo in BBC’s Sherlock. See?
  16. Here’s a great interview with Laurie Anderson in which she remembers Lou Reed.
  17. Four (five?) people were shot to death at a music festival in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
  18. People were standing in line for U2 tickets in Dublin couldn’t go hungry, so Bono ordered pizza for everyone.

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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