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Published on January 19th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Thursday, January 19, 2017

One more day until a small-handed, orange-skinned, blonde comb-over becomes President of the United States. Distract yourself with music news.

  1. Speaking of presidents, “singing” Barack Obama videos have been issued takedown notices.
  2. Who else will play Trump’s inauguration? Are organizers keeping their identities secret to protect them from backlash?
  3. Paul McCartney has sued Sony. He wants the rights to all his Beatles songs back.
  4. Now THIS is the kind of battery I want in my phone–or car.
  5. The host of a hip hop podcast has been charged in a fatal shooting. (Via Tom)
  6. Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve fiasco? It was a government conspiracy! (Tom again)
  7. Glastonbury is staying put.
  8. Now here’s how you dance like no one is watching. (Another one from Tom)
  9. Report: a drug cartel demanded payment from organizers of the EDM festival ahead of last weekend’s nightclub killings in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
  10. Is this an iPod or a gun. No, you’re wrong.
  11. And here’s a portrait of Michael Jackson using string. Just because.
  12. Remember the Zune? Microsoft’s answer the iPod? Whatever happened to it? Oh
  13. The frontman of the band Grim Reaper has had part of his leg amputated.
  14. Apple has added a new live radio station to Apple Music. It’s CBS Sports.
  15. A great article about classic rockers who embraced synthesizers.]
  16. That Turkish record store that was attacked during a Radiohead listening party has closed.

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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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