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Random music news for Friday, August 18, 2023

It’s here. Pumpkin spice latte has been spotted in the wild. It’s all downhill to winter from here. Meanwhile, over in music news for August 18, 2023…

  1. Coldplay is being sued by a former manager over some kind of contractual issue.
  2. Amazon Music Unlimited prices are going up by a dollar.
  3. Elon Musk wants the music copyright lawsuit against Twitter X dismissed. Good luck with that.
  4. Need a custom song written for a special occasion? There’s a company for that.
  5. And if you’re an artist who wants to do something cool inside Fortnite, there’s a company for that, too.
  6. Are you having trouble accessing music news sites through Google these days? Some people are.
  7. On a related note, “5 Ways AI has Changed the Music Industry.” Discuss.
  8. “What happens when a pop star isn’t that popular?” Discuss that, too.
  9. There’s a big tech conference called Dreamforce that features some interesting entertainment every year. Foos this year? (Via Peter)
  10. In China, almost 100 million people are paying for music access. Compare that to the piracy that used to be everywhere in the country.
  11. Arizona State University is now offering a course on Taylor Swift. Swifties will love this, especially since it gets into her personal life.
  12. Yeah, about those “listening only” tickets being sold for Taylor Swift and Beyonce shows…
  13. Meanwhile, rumour is that Tay-Tay has declined an offer to play the Super Bowl halftime show. Why? She’s too big for the NFL, say the Swifties.
  14. The City of Toronto will win big from Tay-Tay’s six-date residency in November 2024, right? Well…
  15. A new book: Top Eight: How MySpace Changed Music.”
  16. WhatsApp may soon have this new feature.
  17. The Elvis comeback is coming back.
  18. Meryl Streep may have a hit song from Only Murders in the Building.
  19. Could Dolby ATMOS someday replace stereo? Some people think so.
  20. This is interesting: A short history of synth music in movies. (Via Rick JYP

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BONUS: Here’s a podcast on which I appeared this week.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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