Today in 1985, “Wham’s” “Make It Big” album became the first western pop album released in China.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvx2GgKyIy0&w=420&h=315] From BBC News: In April 1985, in the People's Gymnasium in Beijing, Wham! performed in front of 15,000 teenagers - as well as several...

Today in 1975, John Lennon released his cover of “Stand By Me.”

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The link between Morrison’s Jazz novel, Okeh Records and the NY Daily News

From The New York Daily News: Okay Toni Morrison lovers. We have a trivia question for you: What’s the link between Morrison’s fiction, Okeh...

50 things to do before you turn 12

From Stylist.co.uk: The National Trust has decided to get children off the sofa and back out in the great outdoors. The main campaign centres around the...

How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar for Around $25

From Guitar Magazine: Cigar box guitars are often associated with the Depression era, when regular guitars were handmade and cost a great deal of money....

Canadian arts/media job posts for April 17, 2012

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15 Cartoon Characters Whose Real Names You Never Knew

1. Sid 2. Casper McFadden 3. Norville Rogers 4. Penelope Pussycat 5. Poppin' Fresh 6. Ted Shackleford 7. Tweety Pie 8. Veritably Clean 9. Milburn Pennybags 10. Patricia Reichardt 11. Aloysius Snuffleupagus 12. Barbara Millicent...

Waylon Jennings’ final studio recordings due in September

From The Los Angeles Times: Country outlaw Waylon Jennings was working on a new batch of recordings right before he died 10 years ago, and...

10 Debunked Showbiz ‘Urban Legends’

From Entertainment Weekly: A golden death The myth here wasn't so much that the Goldfinger actress (Shirley Eaton) had died but that it was possible to...

Martin Mills of Beggars Group says EMI-Universal Music kills niche artists

From Billboard: Martin Mills, chairman and founder of the Beggars Group, has lodged a complaint with European regulators regarding the Universal Music Group acquisition of...

NME‘s 100 Best Tracks Of The ’70s

NME just released its 100 Tracks Of The ’70s list - Head here for the entire list with blurbs. 100 Funkadelic – “One Nation Under...

Spotify Launches Brand Apps

From Adage: Megabrands will soon be able to recommend your next Spotify playlist. The music-streaming service will add apps from the likes of AT&T, McDonald's, Intel...

Fugitives Who Love Facebook: The Next Big Crime Wave

From The Daily Beast: Accused felons on the lam are bragging about their exploits online—and police are using the evidence against them. Travis A. Nicolaysen’s...

Jack White to Kick off ‘American Express Unstaged’ Concert Series

Jack White will help launch this year's "American Express Unstaged" music series with an April 27 show at New York City's Webster Hall. The event...

Tupac Coachella Hologram Creator Tells How He Resurrected Rapper

From MTV: he Coachella festival is a place where minds routinely get blown, usually due to an awesome set or a killer reunion from one...

Raffi on violence in hockey, the NHL playoffs and his new song, ‘On Hockey Days’

From CBC: Chances are if your childhood occurred anytime in the last 30 years, Raffi Cavoukian was part of your soundtrack. The Canadian children's...