Social media said The Doors' Ray Manzarek died, other media said he didn't … and Facebook and Twitter turned out to be right for once! Plus, if you want a job at Rolling Stone, just become the son of its publisher and the dead-rapper hologram craze continues with Eazy-E and (maybe) Ol Dirty Bastard.
The RIAA announces streaming numbers will now factor into Gold and Platinum certifications for digital songs. Plus, a U.K. college offers what is believed to be the world's first Heavy Metal degree and the Catholic League snarkily attacks David Bowie over new video, alleged bisexuality and oldness.
Organizers of the 12.12.12 Sandy relief concert got Bill Clinton to plead with Led Zeppelin to perform (they, again, said no); Mountain Dew and Hip Hop aren't mixing so well lately, as the soda company axes endorsement deals with Lil Wayne and Tyler, the Creator, for controversial lyrics and a goat commercial (respectively); and a Minnesota man pretended to be David Gilmour while getting checked out at a local hospital and was promptly arrested when staffers looked up a photo of the real Gilmour on the web.
A South African music festival announced new "beer drone technology," whereby fans order by phone and have their order dropped from a drone above, will debut at August event. Plus, Jay-Z gets a mini-roast from the President at the White House Correspondents' Dinner and Swedish Doom Metal band Ghost B.C. treats fans to a sacrilicious new box set, complete with band-branded sex toys.
After giving "tastemakers" (and Ryan Seacrest) a go at it first, the "Twitter #music" app finally makes its way to the public; an Elvis impersonator got into a 30-hour police stand-off in in Des Moines, Iowa, and another Elvis impersonator (who also apparently does an excellent Kid Rock as well) was in the news recently as a suspect in the send-poison-letters-to-the-President plot.
Researchers find that live music, played or sung, can help with the development of premature babies, Mick Jagger says no new Stones album, but Keith says, "Uh, yeah," and some in the media actually took time to report on boy band members/runners' non-injuries just hours after the Boston Marathon explosions.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs put the (polite-ish) smack-down on smart device obsessives, a lot of musicians and others in the U.K. aren't too broken up about the death of former PM Margaret Thatcher and Macklemore gets some dude choked on his birthday.
Music-related media hoaxes from this year's April Fools' Day merriment include a Thom Yorke/Ted Nugent musical and Andrew WK retirement from partying announcement, a federal judge in New York rules that you cannot re-sell your crappy MP3s online once you buy them and rapper/bossman Rick Ross does his best to explain "date rape" lyric.
A German lingerie company co-opts Pussy Riot's anti-establishment image for a naughty commercial, the FBI had a very weak case when it declared fans of Insane Clown Posse a "gang" and Michelle Shocked deals with fallout from seemingly anti-gay statements.
The frontman for Lamb of God is found not guilty in tragic fan death, Yacht has its distinct design look ripped off (coincidentally?) by designers for Kohls and Burlington Coat Factory and Chris Brown's new "song" sounds like a celebration of violence against women.
Motorheadphones storm the headphone market with a focus on mid-range audio and a Motorhead logo; The Beatles' "Love Me Do" is now in the public domain in Europe, meaning less money for Yoko; and Americans think the current Congress is worse than cockroaches, Brussels sprouts, lice and Nickelback, but better than gonorrhea (so they've got that going for them).