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Published on July 27th, 2015 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Monday, July 27, 2015

Is this the last week of July? Already?

Here’s some music news to start the week.

  1. Bobbi Kristina Brown died last night. She was 22.
  2. The first WayHome Music Festival north of Toronto grossed $10 million from 35,000 people. Not bad for year one.
  3. This is one of the most interesting battles in Canadian radio at the moment.
  4. This is the newest musical to sweep Britain–and it’s very, very political. And funny, apparently.
  5. This is a new way of imagining classic album covers. (Via Hector)
  6. Spoiling for a fight at work today? Then drop this list on someone: “The Best Song Ever by 203 Famous Rock Bands.” (Yes, it’s Buzzfeed clickbait. I fell for it. You will, too.) (Via Tom)
  7. I had no idea: Duran Duran was almost once almost wiped out by an IRA bomb plot.
  8. The Mormon DJ that’s blowing up all over the world.
  9. Joe Jackson has had a stroke. He’s temporarily blind.
  10. Swedish authorities detained Snoop Dogg because they thought be might be on drugs. Now there’s talk of racial profiling.
  11. Every week a billion music streams are heard in the UK.
  12. This artist is getting 100% of the royalties from iTunes music sales. Here’s how.
  13. A hip hop producer talks about finding the perfect sample.
  14. Here’s an interesting use of 360-degree video technology from Australia. Use the controller in the upper left-hand corner.
  15. Millions” of people are using Apple’s Beats 1. Is that good? Or is that low?
  16. Here’s a great profile of Voice of America, the US foreign radio service that by law cannot be heard in the United States.



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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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