Random Music News for Friday, August 7, 2015

Sixty years ago today, a company called Tokyo Telecommunications Industries, sold its first production: a transistor radio. TTI would soon be renamed Sony.

So much for history. On to music news.

  1. It just got a little easier for Toronto bands, clubs and promoters to get the word out on their gigs.
  2. About 135,000 people made to Osheaga in Montreal this year. This is the fourth year in a row that the festival has sold out.
  3. About 300,000 people went to Lollapalooza in Chicago.
  4. So is the Mayhem Festival done for good? (Via Tom)
  5. Taylor Swift’s “1989” tour has grossed $86 million–so far.
  6. These new earphones will help you get pregnant.
  7. Wait: Is Apple Music a terrible disaster or a runaway success? Eleven million people have signed up so far.
  8. Rumour: The Beatles might start streaming later this year.
  9. This Lenny Kravitz #penisgate thing is getting a little stupid.
  10. The Hoff is back in a music video. Again.
  11. The jeans that charge your iPhone.
  12. Shazam now allows you to add songs to your Rdio or Spotify accounts.
  13. Would someone please get Puddle of Mudd’s Wes Scalin the help he obviously needs before he kills someone? (That’s Tom again.)
  14. A 20 year-old Venom mystery.
  15. U2 finally appeared on the U2 podcast.
  16. Dark side of the moon. Really. (More Tom)
  17. It’s still illegal to rip a CD or a song from iTunes in the UK. Crazy.

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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