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Random music news for Friday, June 23, 2023

Looking for a peaceful summer vacation? This Finnish tourist island has been declared phone-free. Now we have music news for June 23, 2023.

  1. The alleged shooter at the EDM festival in Washington state last week (two people were killed many were injured) was stationed at a US Army base.
  2. Meanwhile at Glastonbury… (Via Sean)
  3. Correct, Elton John.
  4. Still with Elton, I don’t think he had pizza delivery in mind when he wrote “Rocket Man.”
  5. Damn, it’s expensive to drink at Glastonbury.
  6. It’s official: Dolly Parton rocks.
  7. TikTok says it’s going spend “billions” in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. I wonder how that will play out?
  8. Here come the AI voice changers. (Via Andrew)
  9. Pharrell Williams has a new Louis Vuitton collection. Must be nice, huh?
  10. When a head of state requests that you tour their country, you’re officially a big deal.
  11. Eddie Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” guitar is for sale for US$220,000. Seems reasonable, actually.
  12. So what does the touring industry think about Ticketmaster’s new “all-in” pricing approach? This.
  13. Want to know why so many companies are buying up artists’ publishing? Because the publishing business is big and getting bigger.
  14. Metal romance. Very good use of a mosh pit.
  15. If you’re into synths and you’ve always wanted to know about MIDI, go here.
  16. Before Tina Turner died, her son, Ike Jr., was having some serious drug issues.
  17. Don’t you hate it when it hails at an outdoor show? I mean, REALLY hails! And people got hurt.
  18. Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” has reached one billion streams on Spotify. This is the first time for a female singer from the 80s.

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BONUS: This is a typewriter for musical notation. Who knew?

Alan Cross

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