Random Music News for Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Facebook turns 11 today.

  1. Germans still love to buy CDs almost more than anyone else.
  2. Is Danger Mouse producing the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album? What about Rick Rubin?
  3. Diddy has banned his son from appearing on the Fox series, Empire.  Too close to home, Diddy?
  4. Meanwhile, Diddy got into a Super Bowl fight.
  5. Opening for Taylor Swift on one of her concert tours has to be a good thing, right?  Right?
  6. How The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack is being used to market the movie.
  7. Shut up, Kim Kardashian.
  8. The top dream of kids in South Korea? To be a K-Pop star.
  9. Apparently Madonna will be performing at the Brit Awards.
  10. Why the hell have ukulele sales exploded?
  11. Here’s some rare tour bus pictures from the early days of the Beatles and Rolling Stones.
  12. Rick Rubin analyzes and annotates some Kanye West lyrics for our benefit.
  13. Neil Young isn’t happy about some of those bad Pono reviews.
  14. Say hello to AC/DC’s new drummer. (Via Tom)
  15. A new vinyl pressing plant is opening in Calgary. That kind of thing doesn’t happen every decade… (Via Bobby)
  16. Want to fix the Grammys? Here’s how.
  17. Sixty-two of the Top 250 channels on YouTube belong to music stars.

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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