Random Music News for Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The day after its legendary Super Bowl commercial, the Apple Macintosh went on sale on this day in 1984. And now, some music news for January 24, 2018.

  1. Here’s a report from Dolores O’Riordan’s funeral.
  2. Elton John has announced that he’s going to quit touring after 50 years.
  3. Remember last year’s disastrous Fyre Festival? People who had tickets to the event think they’re getting scammed again.
  4. Billy Joel and HP Lovecraft together at last. Wait–what? (Via Christopher)
  5. Spotify has a new plan for podcasts.
  6. Speaking of which, are you a business thinking about advertising on podcasts? Here’s why you should.
  7. Bill Cosby is returning to stand-up at a jazz club. Really.
  8. Legendary jazz musician Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78, Prostate cancer.
  9. About that 60% reunion of the Smiths. It’s now down to 40%.
  10. Facebook has invented a new unit of time. It’s called a “flick” and lasts 1/705,600,000 of a second.
  11. How technology is changing life for people who cannot speak.
  12. Buying headphones? Good luck with that. Here’s why.
  13. Someone bought a paper cup once used by Elvis Presley for $3,000. What’s wrong with people?
  14. Ed Sheeran keeps on buying up the houses on his road. I guess he needs his space.
  15. U2’s Larry Mullen played a solo gig for the Dublin Lions’ Club. (Via Larry)
  16. Well, this was a silly Kid Rock lawsuit. At least he won, though.
  17. Def Leppard is probably thinking “Why didn’t we let our music go digital before now?”
  18. Fun with Photoshop: I supposed there’s a universe where these album covers are accurate. (Via Tom)

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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