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Published on January 30th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Monday, January 30, 2017

It was on this day that the Beatles performed in public for the last time. It was a 42-minute rooftop performance from their Apple Corps. HQ in London. Here’s the set list. And now, the music news.

  1. Geoff Nicholls, longtime keyboardist for Black Sabbath, has died at the age of 68. Lung cancer.
  2. Good question: What distinguishes one music streaming from another?
  3. Ranking the 50 Super Bowl halftime performances from worst to best.
  4. There’s a petition by Atlanta Falcons fans to have Lady Gaga replaced by Migos for the Super Bowl halftime show.
  5. What will Lady Gaga say about Donald Trump during her Super Bowl performance on Sunday? Some people are betting on pro-LGBT comments.
  6. Rihanna vs. Donald Trump.
  7. Deadmau5 vs. Donald Trump.
  8. John Legend vs. Donald Trump.
  9. Kurtis Blow will chair the coming hip hop museum in the Bronx.
  10. Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay loves his cars. He’s one of the few people to own a Ferrari LaFerrari. Here are some pictures.
  11. Justin Bieber played in an NHL All-Star Celebrity Game and didn’t keep his head up. Oops. But Chris Pronger ultimately let us down. (Via Tom)
  12. The Ronnie James Dio hologram is headed this way.
  13. StubHub had record revenues in Q4. And they made a lot of money.
  14. With revenues of $90 billion, Google generated way more than the entire music industry.
  15. Another suggestion that the Cleveland Indians be renamed the Cleveland Rocks.
  16. A cool story about how some creepy movie music came to be.



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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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