Published on August 25th, 2011 | by Alan Cross


Late Music News for Thursday

Canada finally gets 90-second song previews on iTunes.  (When did that happen?)  Go ahead and take a look.  I’ll wait.

Jon Stewart will host a special program on the SiriusXM channel Lithium on September 24th–the 20th anniversary of the release of Nevermand–with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and producer Butch Vig.

It’s official:  Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black is now the biggest-selling album of the 21st century in the UK, moving 3.26 million copies, edging out Back to Bedlam from James Blunt. No word on how well AC/DC’s Back in Black is doing.  Nor have we heard about Van Morrison’s Back on Top.

This is clever.  A Latvian band has allowed each song on its new album to create its own artwork.  That sounds weird until you see it explained with a video.

Meanwhile, Rachel Yamagata created the art for her new album on her iPhone.

Senior Metal God.  Rob Halford for Judas Priest turned 60 today.

The dude won’t leave it alone:  Don Henley of the Eagles thinks that Google “aids and abets criminals.”

Me and Amy Lee of Evanescence at a listening party for the new album earlier this week.


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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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