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Random music news for Saturday, May 18, 2024

Need something new to worry about with the internet? How about emotionally expressive chatbots? Rest assured that music news for May 18, 2024, is fully human-curated.

  1. Why do people make music? Science is still baffled by that.
  2. Avril Lavigne has finally addressed the conspiracy that she was replaced by a body double named Melissa 20 years ago.
  3. This is good: Duff McKagan opens up about his journey to sobriety and inner peace. (Via Rick)
  4. Anyone remember the time Atari made a “music video machine” back in the 1970s? It was…trippy. (Rick again)
  5. Here’s a burn: “How the music industry is in a new age of arrogance.” Tay-Tay’s name comes up.
  6. Eurovision has become a major component of the streaming universe. There was a study about how the contest and streaming go together.
  7. Eddie Vedder came to the defense of Steve Buscemi. Here’s why.
  8. This chamber choir from a Guelph high school has been offered gigs with Foreigner and Wilco.
  9. Want to train your AI model to make music? Sony says “You’d better ask us for permission first.”
  10. Google has a new hi-def AI video generator that pretty damn good.
  11. Uber says that it has a new way to solve the problem with traffic jams and concerts. (Via Sven)
  12. It looks like plans to resurrect a print edition of Q Magazine has crashed and burned. (Via the Popbitch newsletter)
  13. Richard Ashcroft of The Verve is selling his 1998 Ferrari.
  14. The latest rock star with a memoir? Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath.
  15. New survey: 84% of people going to music festivals this year plan to take drugs.

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BONUS: Get motion sickness reading your phone in a car. Apple has it figured out.

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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