Random music news for Friday, August 9, 2019

Forty-five years ago, Richard Nixon resigned. Are we heading towards something similar? On to music news for August 9, 2019.

  1. Nice gesture, James Hetfield. (Via Tom)
  2. This is the best-ever name for a laundry service. Click here and see if you don’t agree.
  3. Spotify is trying to come up for a way for fans to tip artists.
  4. It was 50 years ago yesterday that The Beatles strolled across Abbey Road for that iconic album photo. And yesterday, some fans turned up to commemorate that. Bad traffic in St. John’s Wood, then.
  5. Get this: The manufacturer of Round-Up herbicide tried to dig up some dirt on Neil Young.
  6. Liam Gallagher is now hiring footballers for his band.
  7. Noel is joking, of course. Right?
  8. A 50th-anniversary edition of The Beatles’ Abbey Road is coming.
  9. And there will be a special 20th-anniversary edition of the White Stripes debut.
  10. Meanwhile, Jack White and Jack Black have collaborated on a song. Is this…Jack Grey?
  11. Moscow tried to use free music to tamp down street protests, but it didn’t work.
  12. Proctor & Gamble is being sued for musical plagiarism over the whistle-y thing for Old Spice.
  13. Elvis Presley’s old Lincoln up for sale.
  14. A five-part documentary on Tupac is coming to FX.
  15. And Jussie Smollett has officially been fired from Empire. (It’s the last season, so…)
  16. A founding member of the Village People has died.
  17. Willie Nelson has canceled a tour because of “breathing problems.” The dude is 86.

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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