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Published on July 17th, 2015 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Friday, July 17, 2015

Here’s hoping for a better day. Still in Montego Bay as a guest of Reggae SumFest–and last night went really, really late. I learned of a drink called a Steel Baton: JB white rum and Guinness. Be very, very careful with that one.  Here’s a local review what happened at Catherine Hall last night.

Here’s what’s making music news today.

  1. Dave Grohls and Sonic Highways have been nominated for an Emmy.
  2. Speaking of which, here is more music-and-Emmys news.
  3. Things are looking even more grim for Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
  4. It’s turning out to be a good year for the concert industry in terms of box office grosses.
  5. The new City and Colour single is going to be nine minutes long. Here’s a two-minute preview.
  6. Courtney Love says she’s “over music” and that acting is “a different kind of rock’n’roll.”
  7. Damon Albarn really wants to do another Gorillaz album.
  8. Music revenues have rebounded nicely in Sweden.
  9. Interesting: Amazon sold more music than Apple in the UK last year.
  10. Nick Cave comments on the tragic death of his son.
  11. ICP vs. the IRS. Uh-oh. You know who’s gonna win this one.
  12. Here are more thoughts about moving new release day from Tuesday to Friday. (Via Danny)
  13. Royalty payments to artists. The situation is crazier than you know.
  14. Jay Z’s Tidal has been slapped with a $50 million lawsuit. (Via Pamela Chelin)
  15. Glenn Danzig may be 60, but you should never, ever mess with the guy.
  16. Lil Wayne to record label” “F-you!” Um, hang on a sec



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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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