Random music news for Thursday, August 1, 2019

On this day in 1981–12:01 am to be exact–MTV started broadcasting. As for music news that’s a little more current, here’s what’s happening on August 1, 2019.

  1. This woman from Vancouver Island used Metallica to fend off a cougar. It worked fine.
  2. INXS guitarist Tim Farriss is suing a boat rental company after an accident severed his finger, leaving him unable to play anything but the most basic guitar chords.
  3. A Cardi B concert in Tennessee was canceled 30 minutes before showtime because of an unspecified security threat. It’s been rescheduled. To September 11.
  4. Another look at what might lie beyond streaming.
  5. Spotify says it now has 108 million paying subscribers and monthly active users of 232 million.
  6. Here’s a timeline of how everything went wrong for Woodstock 50.
  7. But here’s a victory for them: Woodstock Weed.
  8. How did Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” set the record for the most weeks at #1? Like this.
  9. Do the record labels want physical product and record stores to fail so they can switch entirely to streaming? Maybe.
  10. L7 is going to take legal action against the now-defunct PledgeMusic.
  11. A documentary on Canadian producer/hitmaker David Foster will debut at TIFF.
  12. This week’s installment of Often Forgotten Canadian Hard Rock/Metal Bands is all about Sword.
  13. Well, that’s gotta hurt.
  14. The ex-husband of Frances Bean Cobain (daughter of Kurt and Courtney was sent for a psych evaluation ahead of a trial involving an alleged kidnapping and Kurt’s famous “Unplugged” guitar.
  15. Chuck D is suing his record label, saying they screwed him out of royalties.
  16. Lisa Marie Presley is promising some bombshell stories in her new book. Remember that she was once married to Michael Jackson.

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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