Random music news for Saturday, July 20, 2019

It’s the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing. We need to go back. Time for music news for July 20, 2019.

  1. The Toronto International Film Festival will open with a documentary on Robbie Robertson.
  2. A festival in Idaho has been canceled because organizers were worried that attendees would be targets of immigration raids.
  3. Having surgery soon? Music could soon be used to replace anti-anxiety drugs. That’s a playlist I’d like to hear.
  4. This is how Spotify calculates its average monthly users.
  5. Who needs diplomats or a state department when you’ve got Kim Kardashian? (You cannot make this stuff up.)
  6. Another plagiarism trial, this time involving Katy Perry.
  7. Perfect for the weekend: A gospel disco mix.
  8. A look back at the album artwork for New Order’s “Blue Monday.” Very prophetic, this.
  9. YouTube Music has a new trick that allows people to switch between audio and video.
  10. Here’s a good feature comparison of the six biggest music streaming services.
  11. A Rihanna museum? Maybe.
  12. This never happens on any flight I’m on.
  13. “Old Madonna had a farm…” Adorable, really.
  14. New biopic: The evil Lou Pearlman, creator of NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys. This guy was a real piece of work.
  15. The accused bomber in the attack on the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester faces 22 counts of murder.
  16. Have we reached the point where there are too many podcasts? Maybe.
  17. That being said, here’s a fun podcast that deals with the technology of music.
  18. The graveyard of smartphones that no longer exist.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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