Random music news for Monday, July 8, 2019

Twenty-five years ago today, Kim Jong-Il assumed control of North Korea. The funeral of his father, Kim Il-Sung makes for crazy viewing. See? As for music news for July 8, 2019…

  1. Interesting: Following the performance by The Cure at Glastonbury, guitar sales in the UK have exploded.
  2. This sonic device is being used against teenagers in Philadelphia. Can you hear it?
  3. Get a room, you metal couple.
  4. Also interesting headline: “Country music is reflecting a shift in America’s masculinity.”
  5. This DJ is 11-years-old. Jay-Z thinks she’s awesome.
  6. Great story: How a broken guitar led to new opportunities in customer service.
  7. If you’re a Swiftie, make sure you’re not sending your hate to the wrong Scooter Braun.
  8. Wait: Punk rock helped Obama get elected? Apparently.
  9. Stevie Wonder is scheduled for a kidney transplant in September.
  10. This guy stabbed a teen because he “felt threatened” by the kid listening to rap music.
  11. This is the “Glastonbury of sex festivals.” Hold on. What?
  12. Wanna buy a Fall Out Boy house? Go here.
  13. If you’re going to honour a singer by naming a street after her, make sure you spell her name right.
  14. This Toronto bar offers $100,000 bottle service.
  15. An “ugly piece of art” fell and crushed the finger of Franz Ferdinand drummer Paul Thomson. He’s now on the DL.
  16. The hottest rising reggae star in Jamaica is a jailed two-time rapist.

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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