Random Music News for Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Here at the music conference in Singapore, I just ran into the guy who helped put together Babymetal. I just had to shake his hand. I was in awe. And in real music news…

  1. If you’ve ever wondered why radio stations play the same songs over and over again, go here.
  2. Seymour Stein, the founder of Sire Records (he signed the Ramones, Talking Heads and Madonna plus brought Depeche Mode, the Pretenders and the Smiths to North America), is working on a memoir tentatively called Shellac in my Veins. (Via Seymour hisself who talked about it here in Singapore. )
  3. Five predictions in songs that came true–and five that didn’t.
  4. David Bowie’s ashes were NOT scattered at Burning Man. Funny, but that makes me feel better.
  5. Bono still thinks the world needs more Canada. He’s after Justin Trudeau to make it happen.
  6. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will play at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Sunday to welcome the Rams back to LA.
  7. And speaking of football, Lady Gaga is apparently in talks to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.
  8. And speaking of Lady Gaga, Josh Homme appears on her new album. The new single, in fact.
  9. Madness has paid tribute to their late mentor, Prince Buster.
  10. South Park has been around for 20 years now. Here’s a look at some of their best celebrity parodies, musical and otherwise.
  11. Jay Z’s Tidal is not doing well. It lost $2 million last month. Then again, all of the streaming music services are losing money.
  12. Comparing Radiohead’s 9/11 concerts, fifteen years apart.
  13. Stockpiles of child porn” at Michael Jackson’s place? A “sex abuse operation?” And it was covered up?
  14. Twitter’s new longer tweets will debut September 19.
  15. In Sweden, home of Spotify, music sales are up by 8.6% so far this year.
  16. Are you interested in the history of gangsta rap? Then check out this book excerpt.

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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