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Published on August 24th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Friday, August 24, 2018

I don’t want to be an alarmist, but next weekend is Labour Day. Yes, already. Here’s music news for August 24, 2018.

  1. The Smashing Pumpkins are live streaming their gig from Seattle tonight through Twitter. Here’s your link.
  2. Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King has died at age 68.
  3. Is it time to declare a winner in the Song of the Summer Sweepstakes? Might as well have a look.
  4. It looks like Apple’s $400 million buyout of Shazam will go ahead in Europe.
  5. A lost Mick Jagger/Carly Simon duet? Apparently.
  6. A Kanye tweet has led to a class action lawsuit.
  7. The major record labels are turning over $1 billion a month. Pretty healthy, no?
  8. A rainbow was seen over Comerica Park during a moment of silence for Aretha Franklin before a Detroit Tigers-Chicago Cubs game. A sign?
  9. Tired of bad news all the time? Then you need Google Assistant’s good news feature.
  10. There’s a big tribute to Courtney Love coming up in New York in October. Some interesting guests, too.
  11. Here’s a big, big problem was automated radio: What does a station like this do when a big star dies?
  12. Got a 4K TV? Get ready for 8K.
  13. Is this why you wear headphones in public?
  14. Billy Joel stands to make a killing with this real estate sale.
  15. Turns out teens are concerned about how much they’re tied to their mobile phones, too.
  16. Spotify is talking about direct deals with artists. Wouldn’t that make them a record label?
  17. Check out this Montreal guy who did all the music for the new Tomb Raider video game. (Via Tom)
  18. What happened to Johnny Depp’s Biggie Smalls movie? This.



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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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