Random Music News for Tuesday, October 21, 2014

On this day in 1983, the metre was formally defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second.

  1. Led Zeppelin is suffered a setback on who wrote the key parts of “Stairway to Heaven.
  2. Jay Z and Beyonce went shopping for art recently in London. Oy.
  3. Sting ringtones?  Okay…
  4. U2’s Larry Mullen is suing his accountants over the little issue of 11 million euros that have gone missing from his bank account. (Via Larry. No, not that one.)
  5. First, a San Francisco bans the playing of Lorde’ “Royals” in some kind of silly World Series spat. Now a Kansas City station is doing nothing but playing “Royals.” Please make it stop.
  6. Who pioneered crowd funding for bands? Marillion.  See? (Via Hector)
  7. Interesting read: the true cost of YouTube’s Library of Everything.
  8. Now, on the subject of their being no platinum album releases in 2014 so far…
  9. It actually kinda makes sense that the Guardians of the Galaxy sound track is about to be released on cassette. Here’s why.
  10. Why the ubiquity of music is also leeching away its value.
  11. Need to hear the Flaming Lips stream their version of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper?  Done! (Via Michael)
  12. A Maggot named Blind Gordie reviews the new Slipknot album, The Gray Chapter.

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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