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Published on February 8th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Wednesday, February 8, 2017

As you read this, I’m somewhere over the North Pole on an EVA 777 heading to Taipei. Nice wifi up here. I can report on the music news from the comfort of my seat.

  1. Justin Bieber made $2 million from that T-Mobile commercial for the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, his caveman buddy in the spot, the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, made just $250,000. Get a new agent, dude.
  2. Here’s what it’s like to be an Australian fan of Nickelback. [SPOILER: It’s hard.]
  3. This is a list of who’s playing what music festivals this year–so far.
  4. Comparing the concert riders of Coldplay and Ed Sheeran. Geez, if you’re gonna order lobster…
  5. Steven Bannon, otherwise known as the Real President of the United States, once wrote a rap musical about the LA riots.
  6. Concerned about what you pay for streaming music services? Then read this.
  7. Ritchie Yorke, one of the first people to write seriously about Canadian music, has died at the age of 73.
  8. Wait: is HMV’s flagship store on Oxford Street in London about to close?
  9. Dr. Luke claims Kesha owes him $1.3 million royalties.
  10. Bjork just sold her home in New York.
  11. Did the spirits of John Lennon and George Harrison visit this medium?
  12. So Metallica is going to perform at the Grammys with Lady Gaga?
  13. This is weird: A judge asked a lawyer to explain the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Here’s why.
  14. These Afghan women are risking their lives to make music.
  15. Like pictograms? Like music? What if you were to combine the two? (Via Peter)
  16. Cops thought it was a fight, but when they arrived, they released someone was just making a music video.



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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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