Random Music News for Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Any comments about yesterday’s Apple event? Think about that as we move through some music news.

  1. Oh, if only this story about an anti-Trump album by Rage Against the Machine were true…
  2. Spotify is now at 30 million paid subscribers.
  3. One Direction is being investigated by British tax authorities for a fishy financial scheme. (Via Tom)
  4. Jeff Martin of the Tea Party found himself having to apologize for using some unauthorized guitar samples.
  5. Is dance music on its way out in the US?
  6. While the Syrian civil war continues without end, this disco song from the 70s is HUGE in Damascus.
  7. Is Josh Homme becoming the next David Bowie? Read this to see what I mean.
  8. What was it like to be a photographer in the early days of hardcore? It was interesting, that’s for sure.
  9. Sony and SoundCloud have reached a subscription deal. How might this play out?
  10. Reese Witherspoon got a private Taylor Swift concert for her 40th birthday. Wait: Reese Witherspoon is 40?
  11. A history of rock stars destroying their guitars.
  12. Lemmy tattoos seem to be a growing thing.
  13. Courtney and Frances Bean made a rare public appearance together.
  14. A David Bowie mural in Brixton will be protected.
  15. Someone has died at the Ultra music festival in Miami.
  16. Music mogul David Geffen has been sued for being a bad neighbour.

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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