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Random Music News for Monday, September 4, 2023

Labour Day. *Sigh* Do I have to say anything more? Other than running through music news for September 4, 2023, that is…

  1. Steve Harwell, singer for Smash Mouth, is terribly ill with liver failure. He’s entire hospice care and may only have days to live.
  2. AI, music rights, and known unknowns. Here’s what that means.
  3. Attendees at the Burning Man Festival in the desert have been trapped by….rain and mud. Meanwhile, someone has died.
  4. Travis Barker had to rush home from a Blink-182 tour because of a family emergency. He was seen leaving a hospital with a very pregnant Kourtney Kardashian.
  5. Metallica has joined the Spotify Billion Streams Club with “Nothing Else Matters.”
  6. Meanwhile, James Hetfield learned that COVID is still with us.
  7. This move by Spotify is going to piss off local radio.
  8. Wait: There was a lyric theft case over “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion? (There’s an odd Donald Trump connection here, too.)
  9. Voice-cloning: It’s going to be a big, big deal.
  10. If you’re a fan of one-hit-wonders, you’ll want to have a look at this.
  11. How did Taylor Swift change music forever? The answers are here and here. (Via Rick J)
  12. Goth vodka? What else would you call it?
  13. Let’s check in with Threads again. How’s it doing since it launched a web version? Oh.
  14. Meanwhile, podcasting continues to grow in popularity. Here’s the latest analysis of the US market. (A 68% increase in listenership over the last five years? Wow.)
  15. Can’t sleep? Take two Alanis Morissettes and I’ll see you in the morning.
  16. Meanwhile, in the world of John Mellencamp
  17. What’s the hottest market of interest in the recorded music industry right now? MENA (Middle East and North Africa).
  18. If you’re the kind of person who likes to listen to full albums, check out this app called Longplay.
  19. Proper move, Doja Cat.
  20. You know all those people throwing sh*t at performers onstage? The guess is bad behavior is here to stay. (Via Andrew)
  21. Which was a better year for music: 1983 or 1983. FIGHT!

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BONUS: Steel Panther is now on America’s Got Talent? Yeah, but they were eliminated.

Alan Cross

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