Random music news for Friday, August 23, 2019

On this day in 1991, something called the World Wide Web first opened to the public. And now we can do things like share music news for August 23, 2019.

  1. Eminem has sued Spotify for infringing on 243 songs. This could cost billions.
  2. Wait: Michael Jackson’s will is missing?
  3. Speaking of which, where will Spotify be in ten years? Let’s speculate.
  4. Still with streaming, this new AI wants to improve the experience by taking a page from radio.
  5. And one more: Streaming services are invested with fake songs by imposters. It’s a massive problem.
  6. Apple Podcasts now offers “transcript search” for podcasts. It’s still in beta, but this could be very interesting.
  7. On the Donald Trump beat, there’s this new song–it’s supposed to be funny–that defends him. Listen to “Why Do So Many People Hate or Love President Trump?”
  8. Taylor Swift has apparently pre-sold nearly a million copies of her upcoming Lover album.
  9. Rapper Tee Grizzley had his car shot at in Detroit. His manager was killed.
  10. A fan of electronic music? Here is a rabbit hole that is very, very deep.
  11. If you’re a kid and you buy an old car that comes with a cassette player, what do you do? Start looking for old cassettes, of course.
  12. This is wild: Newsreel audio from the 1920s.
  13. Willie Nelson’s weed company is launching a line of CBD products for pets.
  14. Aretha Franklin died with more than US$1 million in unsigned cheques.
  15. We’ll have to watch this closely: Drake has been sued over a beat sample–twice.
  16. A Cardi B associate is trouble over a crack thing.

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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