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Published on July 4th, 2015 | by Alan Cross


Random Music News for Saturday, July 4, 2015

Remember when there weren’t fears about a terrorist plot on July 4?

  1. A good list: 10 songs that were stolen.
  2. Check out this instructive article on how musicians create sound effects.
  3. Attention, Alice in Chains fans: The annual Layne Staley tribute event is coming up next month.
  4. An Arctic Monkey has bought Zooey Deschanel’s old house.
  5. Sales of digital albums in the UK are declining faster than the sales of CDs. The culprit? Streaming. It’s up 80% and at a record high.
  6. Who killed Amy Winehouse? This isn’t a conspiracy question.
  7. We’re pretty much done with the Peaches Geldof death investigation, too.
  8. Styx (the band) meets the person who discovered Styx (the moon of Pluto).
  9. The song of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson has died at the age of 83.
  10. Billie Holiday just got a special beer. A bit late, but it’s the thought that counts, right?
  11. Confessions of a Deadhead on this most special of weekends. Meanwhile, here’s a review of the concert that kicked things off in Chicago.
  12. The Internet is officially too big.
  13. Here are some tips and tricks on how to master Apple Music.
  14. And here are a few more.
  15. Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson gets really descriptive about his cancer. (Via Tom)
  16. Prince and Apple Music:  Does this latest hissy fit mean anything?

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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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