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Published on November 25th, 2014 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It was 30 years ago today that the original “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was recorded.

  1. There’s now a book by Gene Simmons on how to be Gene Simmons. Oddly, the word “asshole” doesn’t seem to be in the title.
  2. There’s a reason why high-status high-power people can have such boring voices.
  3. The latest band to benefit from placement in an Apple commercial is Bleachers.
  4. Speaking of Apple, they’re launching a huge Project (RED) campaign.
  5. Remember the piano from the movie Casablanca? It’s just been sold for $3.4 million US.
  6. Sting’s Broadway show isn’t doing so well, so he’s decided to join the cast to show ’em how it’s done.
  7. Amy Adams has been cast to play Janis Joplin in a new bio-pic.
  8. Here’s how to use your favourite band to create a strong password. Hey, anything to make it easier, right?
  9. Not that we Canadians care much for American Thanksgiving (outside of the shopping, of course) but here’s a mixtape to stuff turkeys by.  Maybe you can save it for Christmas.
  10. Speaking of shopping, here are some gift suggestions for the hip hop fans on your list.
  11. And still with shopping, here’s a handy guide from Give the Gift of Music.
  12. The American Music Awards had huge ratings–on Twitter, anyway.
  13. System of a Down has announced a world tour. (No, really!) Why? To mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.
  14. Remembering Freddie Mercury through Queen’s music videos.
  15. Are some musician just too good for people to listen to?

 




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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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