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The Physicist as Rock Star

Stephen Hawking does Glastonbury, Killers singer saves shaved facial hair and Pop hits aren't too bright

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Stephen Hawking ups his Rock Star credentials with a scheduled appearance at giant U.K. music fest Glastonbury, The Killers' Brandon Flowers reveals he has a bag full of seven years' worth of his facial hair and an analysis of recent chart toppers reveals that most are written at a second- or third-grade reading level.

Death of the Country Guitar Solo?

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Billboard reports that due to radio/attention-span restraints, guitar solos are being cut more and more from Country singles, a new Jimi Hendrix biopic is announced, this time with the guitarist's estate's blessing and a data analyst has compiled a curious collection of musical genres and the words most distinct to the genre's song titles.

“Uptown Funk” Credits Grow

Plus, Ben Carson cops an Eminem song for campaign launch (with a Gospel twist!) and a Russian politician says U2 violated Russian law with its homosexual propaganda

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The Funk-copping hit "Uptown Funk" sounds a lot like a lot of other songs, including a hit by The Gap Band, who were recently added to "Uptown"'s songwriting credits due to the similarities. Plus, anti-gay, anti-Hip Hop Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson had a Gospel choir sing an Eminem song during his campaign announcement and a Russian politician wants Apple and U2 investigated for free album giveaway, saying it was "gay propaganda" (and, therefore, illegal in Russia).

Jay Z Stands Up to Tidal Haters

Plus, a judge ruled taking a kid to a Pink concert isn't custody/divorce fodder and Tyler, the Creator gets banned from Target for early digital release

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Jay Z takes to Twitter in defense of his much maligned streaming service Tidal, a New Jersey judge rules that taking an 11-year-old to a concert by Pop star Pink was not a risk to her safety/welfare and Target won't carry Tyler, the Creator's Cherry Bomb because it was released a week early on iTunes.

Cameras Out = No Neko

Plus, Johnny Cash lyrics raise alarm and Don Henley can't take it easy

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Neko Case continues her crusade against smartphone abuse at concerts, a Johnny Cash quote posted on social media causes an NYC school to respond to a perceived (but unintended) threat and Don Henley wins his lawsuit over a retailer using the phrase "Don a Henley and take it easy" in their advertising for Henley-style shirts.

Brian Is (Not) a Punk Rocker

Brian Wilson's never heard of Punk, Frances Bean Cobain makes headlines and some major labels considering talk show cutbacks

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Brian Wilson is asked his opinion on Punk, asks what the hell that even is; Frances Bean Cobain's musical tastes make headlines; and some major labels are reportedly considering putting the kibosh on bonus music clips for artists appearing on talk shows.

Tidal Waves “Hello”; Public Sneers Back

Tidal enters the crowded streaming music scene, Common gets cut from speech and Ted Nugent is still Ted Nugent

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The new superstar-backed streaming service Tidal is unveiled to a largely skeptical public, rapper and Academy Award winner Common gets axed from college commencement speech over 15-year-old song and Obama-basher Ted Nugent calls Al Sharpton a "racist mongrel" to get attention.

A Crushing Ignorance

Country fans (including Ted Cruz?) get upset over misinterpretation and Queen fans get psyched then bummed over biopic announcement

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Country fans call for a boycott of radio stations that play the new Little Big Town single after mistaking it for an ode to lesbianism, news that Sasha Baron Cohen will helm a Queen biopic gets instantly quashed by Queen guitarist and Ted Cruz says Rock was cool but after 9/11 Country became cooler.

Viral Videos Infect Charts

Streaming music gets a boost, a U.K. fest goes off the grid and Record Store Day attracts critics

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Streaming music gets a boost from a pair of odd viral videos, the Innocent Un-plugged fest in the U.K. goes off the grid and Record Store Day attracts critics who says it's become 'just another event in the annual music industry circus."  

Beats V. Spotify, The Payment Round

Plus, Primus made an Illinois mom really mad and McDonald's makes first SXSW mistep of SXSW-complainng season

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Beats Music gets a PR leg up on Spotify when an independent musician reveals significantly higher per-stream payouts from the Apple-owned service. Plus, a mom in Illinois shoots up her TV while her kids try to enjoy some Primus and McDonald's gets off on the wrong foot during its first official foray into SXSW, then backtracks and offers to actually pay showcasing artists.

New Music Tuesdays to Become New Music Fridays

Plus, despite haters, tons of people still love U2 (and listen to that free album) and researchers develop music for cats

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry announced that, starting this summer, all countries will put out new releases on Fridays, a survey found that a quarter of iOS users who listened to music in January listened to U2 and researchers develop music specifically for our feline friends.

World Wider

World music is a leader in album sales, David Pajo gets life-saving assist from the Web and new study says old people easily distracted by music

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Despite overall decline, stats show that World music album sales grew more than any other genre in 2014, Slint guitarist David Pajo gets a life-saving assist from fans on the Internet and a new study suggests older people are overly distracted when listening to music while working on other tasks.  

Wiki War

Beyonce fans attack Beck's Wikipedia page, Jack White's rider revealed and Taylor Swift takes on Etsy artists

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2015
After Kanye West's latest Grammys outburst, Beyonce fans attack Beck's Wikipedia page, Jack White's rider is revealed in a college newspaper (to his dismay) and Taylor Swift's lawyers are going after true criminals — Etsy crafters who use her lyrics in their artwork.

Sly Salvation

Sly Stone wins a big lawsuit, Kenny G takes credit for Frappuccinos and Migos gets ridiculed for big check/tiny donation

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Music legend Sly Stone wins big in a lawsuit against his former business associates, who he accused of bilking him out of millions in royalties, schmaltzy Smooth Jazz saxophonist Kenny G says you can thank him for the invention of Starbucks' Frappuccino and Hip Hop group Migos becomes the joke of the Internet for a few days after posing for a photo op after donating a "giant check" to an Atlanta high school for a whopping $1,000.

U.K. Venue Heroes Ban Selfie Stick

Plus, a Milwaukee radio station banned Seattle music to help a football team win a big game and the cassette tape comeback is still a thing

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Several top music venues in the U.K. have decided to ban "selfie sticks" at concerts, breaking the hearts of the country's narcissistic music lovers. Plus, a Wisconsin radio station bans all Seattle-spawned music from its playlist to help the Packers get to the Super Bowl (whoops!) and the mild comeback of the cassette as a music format continues, with Disney getting in on the action.