Random music news for Monday, July 22, 2019

Woke up in Stony Plain, Alberta, on my speaking tour. Two more gigs in Edmonton tomorrow and Wednesday. You in the area? There are still tickets for this gig. Meanwhile, here’s music news for July 22, 2019.

  1. The Beastie Boys will release a 30th-anniversary edition of Paul’s Boutique that comes with some special bonus EPs.
  2. Here’s an estimate of how much money the major record labels made in 2018.
  3. And Nirvana’s Live and Loud is coming to vinyl.
  4. As a radio person, this concerns me.
  5. The Spice Girls could make as much as £10 million each for a Las Vegas residency.
  6. Ed Sheeran vs. his neighbours, round 52.
  7. Iggy Azalea vs. Peppa Pig.
  8. What’s this about a secret deal between Ticketmaster and Metallica that saw tickets immediately transferred to the secondary market? And how many other artists are involved in this scheme? Read this.
  9. Here’s a new one: A NYC festival was canceled this past weekend because it was too hot and too humid.
  10. And then there was the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago which was called off for the same reason.
  11. And then this festival was called off because of endangered birds.
  12. Here’s how the Hard Rock Cafe amassed its massive memorabilia collection.
  13. If you’re planning to see Slipknot this year, you could be in for a treat.

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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