Random music news for Friday, August 2, 2019

Are we already at the third long weekend of the summer? (Yes, America, we get Monday off.) Make it a good one. Meanwhile, let’s try some music news for August 2, 2019.

  1. How much could the plagiarism judgment against Katy Perry cost her? A lot. About US$2.78 million, to be exact.
  2. Donald Trump has sent a hostage negotiator to Sweden to see if he can’t spring A$AP Rocky out of jail.
  3. Katy Perry spends $2,000 “flashing” ice cubes. Wait–what?
  4. As a joke, this guy sent his buddy to the Hamptons mansion owned by Jay-Z and Beyonce.
  5. Meanwhile, in California, here’s our first look at the domes being built by Kanye for acolytes for his new church.
  6. Ticketmaster Australia is moving more and more away from paper concert tickets. See?
  7. A Vampire Weekend signature…taco?
  8. Got bad WiFi? Call Drake!
  9. There is now a “content centre” for creators at the Toronto Eaton Centre.
  10. Well, that escalated quickly.
  11. YouTube will live stream Lollapalooza 2019 live. Go here.
  12. George Michael’s former house in California has just sold.
  13. Chance the Rapper says he doesn’t want to be a hologram after he dies. Noted.
  14. Meanwhile, back in R Kelly’s world
  15. More Prince music is coming next month.

Alan Cross

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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