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Random music news for Monday, July 16, 2018

Halfway through July. Why does summer speed by faster than winter? Distract yourself from that with some music news for July 16, 2018.

  1. Well, this was an awkward #1 single in the UK last week, wasn’t it?
  2. Oh, and Green Day’s “American Idiot” did NOT make it to #1 in the UK during Donald Trump’s visit. It stalled at #24.
  3. Did you see that field invasion during the second half of the World Cup final yesterday? Pussy Riot says they were behind it.
  4. Travis Barker is fine after Friday’s car accident with a school bus.
  5. Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson is going on a spoken word tour.
  6. “The most ‘Wuthering Heights’ day ever!”How many 40th anniversaries inspire this kind of devotion?
  7. You know how Apple abandoned self-driving car technology? Uh, not quite.
  8. Was Lou Reed killed by hepatitis C contracted through a dirty needle? That’s what this book says.
  9. Katy Perry and Justin Bieber lost a lot of Twitter followers as the company purged fake accounts.
  10. Facebook thought this gospel performance was a political ad. Oops. Blame it on atheist robots.
  11. Smule: the biggest music app you’ve never heard of. (I certainly didn’t know about it.)
  12. Classical music composers of the past had some really interesting lives. Check out their diaries.
  13. There’s a study comparing the accents of Ontario. I wonder if this will reveal anything about singing?
  14. These 13 bands were banned by whole countries.
  15. LL Cool J has this to say about the #MeToo movement within hip-hop.
  16. Good musical gear history: Where did the Beatles buy their first guitars?
  17. This is an interesting experiment with an audience at a gig.

Alan Cross

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