Random music news for Saturday, August 25, 2018

Wait: ALL alcohol is bad for you? Bummer story for the weekend, innit? Meanwhile, in music news for August 25, 2018…

  1. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  2. The Church of Satan would like to be very clear on where things stand with Marilyn Manson. (Via Tom)
  3. I’ll read this: a new biography of Faith No More. (Via Larry)
  4. The unveiling of the Chris Cornell statue in Seattle has been pushed back.
  5. Here’s a good idea of why the old-school idea of an “album chart” is a problem.
  6. Handy: How to calculate a tour budget for your band.
  7. Bar fight! (Tom again)
  8. K-pop: the movie.
  9. Justin Bieber has apparently bought a $5 million mansion in Cambridge, Ontario. It has is own horseracing track.
  10. Just in case you missed the story about an online radio station just for cats, here it is.
  11. Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine is 63. He’s marrying a woman who’s 23. Just sayin‘.
  12. Meanwhile, back in Japan, Vtubers (virtual YouTube presenters) are becoming more popular.
  13. Sting and Shaggy are now cartoons.
  14. Did you know that Alexa smart speakers have a “smart mode?” When it’s engaged, it won’t answer certain questions.
  15. Not that Ice Cube needs another job, but
  16. The lineup of entertainers for Aretha Franklin’s funeral is growing.
  17. A fan of The Handmaid’s Tale? Here’s a story on the music used in the series.
  18. Yes, that Elton John biopic is coming, but
  19. Fascinating stat: 98% of Chinese Internet users (and there are now more than 800 million of them) are mobile.
  20. If you’re a Springsteen fan, you’ll want to read this.

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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