Author Archives: Alan Cross

The Recommendation Project Part 3: Covers

August 8th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I'm convinced that social music--the ability to share music recommendations among friends and strangers alike--is gonna be hot. To test that theory, I've launched The Recommendation Project. Time for part three of the experiment. What's your favourite cover song of all time?


AoF Break-Up: Should Have Seen It Coming

August 7th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

When I heard about the break-up of Alexisonfire, I had a flashback to a drinking session with George and Wade over two years ago. Suddenly, everything that they said that day made sense.


Spreading the Word on a Musical Term

August 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

The word boffins in charge of the complete Oxford English Dictionary--the language police, if you will, for those of us who speak English--are constantly editing and re-editing their work. That used to be extremely difficult when the OED was solely a physical published work. But now that it's all online, new words are being added all the time. That's where I'm hoping to enlist your help in getting a particular word into the next edition. Why? Because I helped invent it. And yes, this does have to do with music.


Weekly Music Sales Report

August 4th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Sorry for being a day late with the weekly report, but out here on the Adriatic, Internet access can be, er, challenging. Back to normal by Sunday. Promise.


Cruise + Music = Cruise-sick

August 3rd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

No one goes on a mega-ship cruise expecting to find cool music (except, of course, the upcoming Weezer cruise. Go on: Google it.) But does it really have to be this wretched?


U2 360 = $736,136,344

August 1st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

The biggest tour the universe has ever seen has FINALLY wrapped up. When it began, there were critics who thought it was too big, to ambitious, too crazy. Yet they pulled it off, thanks in very large part to Arthur Fogel, the mysterious Canadian in charge of global touring at Live Nation.


The Death of the Radio Storyteller

August 1st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Over the last fifteen years, there's been a fundamental shift in the way radio recruits, nurtures and develops talent. When I was making my way up through the business, it was expected that you needed to pay your dues and make your mistakes through a series of jobs in smaller market radio stations. That's not the case anymore because jobs at those smaller market stations are disappearing. Depressing? You bet. Read on...


A Visit With the Nevermind Baby

July 29th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Spencer Eldon--aka The Most Famous Penis in Alt-Rock--is back in the spotlight thanks to the upcoming 20th anniversary re-release of Nevermind. If you remember when the album first came out, prepare to feel...old.


South Korean Pop Payola

July 29th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Think payola is confined to the American and British music industries? Think again. Or, more correctly, think 증회.


Jay-Z and Kanye Piss Off Record Stores

July 29th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I think it's safe to say that the biggest stars in hip-hop are Jay-Z and Kanye. To have them collaborate on an album should be a record retailer's wet dream. Normally, yes. But not this time. And lots of people are supremely pissed off.


Best. Superhero. Ever.

July 28th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Brent Chittendem writes an opinion column for Comic Book Daily called Just a Thought. He's working on an upcoming column which resurrects the eternal nerd argument of who is the best superhero ever.


FM For Your Mobile, Would You Use It?

July 28th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

If this survey is anything to go by, probably not. According to today's newsletter from Mark Ramsey Media, over 1,300 Americans aged 15-69 were polled about radio listening and mobile phone use.



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