Random music news for Friday, June 14, 2019

YAY RAPTORS! So much for the Drake Curse, I guess.

Still in Ottawa for the weekend for a series of speaking gigs. Is a rain-free day too much to ask for? Here’s music news for June 14, 2019.

  1. Baby Shark is going on a 100-city tour. Run.
  2. GWAR wants to visit Archie in Riverdale. This must happen. (Via Tom)
  3. Fewer ticket-buying bots, please. The US Congress is moving to add more regulations to the sales of tickets.
  4. After having a difficult operation, Cardi B has announced she will never have any more plastic surgery.
  5. This a great read for anyone who is isn’t vintage synthesizers. (One more from Tom.)
  6. When are you too old to wear that punk rock t-shirt? Discuss.
  7. An appreciation of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures 40 years later.
  8. Well, this was a nice surprise for this couple.
  9. Leonard Cohen’s love letters sold at auction for US$1 million.
  10. As if Suge Knight wasn’t already in enough trouble.
  11. Britney Spears has secured another restraining order against a former manager.
  12. Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, together again.
  13. Fake festivals” like “Glastonbudget” are a growing thing thanks to the rising cost of tickets to real festivals. (Via Tom again)
  14. The Royal Albert, a Winnipeg punk rock mecca, reopens today. (Still more from Tom)
  15. Hey, Bow Wow! That $1,000 was meant for strippers!
  16. Spotify is rolling out some UI changes. Not in Canada yet, but they’re coming.
  17. Meanwhile, Apple is removing iTunes branding and links from its websites.

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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