Random Music News for Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It was on this day in 1982 that Michael Jackson’s Thriller was released. And in music news…

  1. I didn’t know this: the Outkast song “Ms. Jackson” is about the mother of Erykah Badu.
  2. Taylor Swift is getting her own satellite TV channel. Terrific.
  3. By the way, Metallica’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is the best-selling rock album of the last two-and-a-half years.
  4. Geek out with this: “The Untold Story of Ableton Live–The Program That Transformed Electronic Music Performance Forever.”
  5. Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park has been spared from the Tennessee wildfires. But it was close.
  6. Picture this: Courtney Love hugging Martha Stewart.
  7. It’s that time of year when Bob Geldof has to look back at “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” He’s sick of that.
  8. Research: Going to church can stimulate your brain in the same way as sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.
  9. The Grammy Awards are moving back to New York City.
  10. This classical music manuscript just sold for £4.5 million.
  11. Kate Bush is set to have her first #1 album in the UK in thirty years.
  12. Who was that masked DJ? Depends on which one you’re talking about.
  13. The Prince documentary is in production. Bono and Jagger will be included. (Via Larry)
  14. Given his lifestyle, why isn’t the Stones’ Ronnie Wood dead? Maybe this is the reason.
  15. Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar for Coachella 2017? Maybe.

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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