Random Music News for Wednesday, February 11, 2015

On this day in 1978, China lifted its ban on the works of William Shakespeare. Nice of them, huh?

  1. The actor who plays Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is/was a wannabe singer.
  2. The Replacements are back! The Mats have a US tour planned for later this year.
  3. U2 has contributed to a new book called Sons + Fathers. Money goes to the Irish Hospice Foundation.
  4. Here’s another shot in the High-Res Audio arena.
  5. Meanwhile, Deezer wants to take their High-Res Audio even further.
  6. The new Faith No More album will be called Sol Invictus.
  7. This might be the greatest Craigslist ad for a guitar, ever. (Via Tom)
  8. A Napalm Death gig was defeated by a bat.
  9. This is why Shirley Manson rocks. “Complete twat”? Take THAT, Kanye.
  10. The Great Village People Trial begins. At issue: who really wrote “YMCA?”
  11. Taylor Swift launched a petty, petty lawsuit against the guy who taught her how to play guitar.
  12. This is good:  Spain’s music industry was up 21% in 2014.
  13. This is bad: 2014 music sales in Japan–the world’s second biggest music market–fell by 4.5%. That will really screw with global numbers.
  14. Apple’s market cap is now more than $700,000,000,000.
  15. Every use Rapidshare to transfer/download files? It’s going away forever.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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