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Published on August 24th, 2015 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Monday, August 24, 2015

Mount Vesuvius blew its top on this day in 79. Poor Pompei. Now, an awkward segue into music news.

  1. Bon Jovi has left his record label after 32 years.
  2. How far off is a genuine Guns ‘N Roses reunion? Not as far off as this time last week.
  3. As I predicted, people lost their shit over the new Kanye-inspired Adidas sneakers.
  4. Dr. Dre’s Compton album? About that 85% drop in sales after the first week…
  5. Remember this phrase: “music industry upfronts.” It’s part of a big change in the way the music industry does business.
  6. Hollywood director Paul Thomas Anderson has made a documentary about his friend, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.
  7. Wiz Khalifa was arrested for riding his hoverboard at LAX. Yes, his hoverboard.
  8. Glass Tiger frontman Alan Frew suffered a stroke on Thursday. Details from Alan here.
  9. A bunch of Taylor Swift’s friends showed up for her LA concert.
  10. Meanwhile, she was offered $4.3 million to play a wedding. She refused.
  11. Come March, that’ll be it for One Direction.
  12. A dude who spent $100,000 on plastic surgery to look like Justin Bieber has gone missing.
  13. Want to write a book about the music industry? Here’s the kind of stuff you’ll have to do.
  14. Venetian Snares hates you. And everyone and everything else.
  15. A good doc on DC punk and the activism that went along with it.
  16. The frontman of Canadian hardcore legends SNFU was hit with a glass in the face mid-show in New Zealand. He’ll be okay.



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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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