Random music news for Thursday, August 29, 2019

Millennials have figured out how to stop spam calls on their mobile phones. Basically, if the phone rings, it’s spam. Moving to music news for August 29, 2019…

  1. Remember the story of the Universal fire where hundreds of thousands of master recordings were said to be lost? The label accuses Soundgarden of fabricating damages.
  2. Did you watch the MTV VMAs? No? You’re not alone. Ratings hit an all-time low on Monday, dropping for the third year in a row. Less than 2 million people tuned in.
  3. Interesting: MTV quietly took Michael Jackson’s name off the Video Vanguard Award.
  4. Interesting in buying a house where a musician killed himself? This one is for sale.
  5. Best reaction of the year to being asked about a break-up. Nice one, Nick Cave.
  6. There’s a call from the US Congress to investigate Ticketmaster and Live Nation over the fees they charge.
  7. Ozzy says he’s having the “worst year of his life.”
  8. Can musicians justify piracy? Some can.
  9. Smart speaker ownership continues to grow. Everybody is buying them. See?
  10. Who will own Spotify in five years? Let’s take a guess.
  11. Rivers Cuomo almost released a vegetarian rap album. Wait–what?
  12. Yeah, no.
  13. Following up on the topic of #10, there’s this list of musicians with hidden identities.
  14. Taylor Swift vs. Kellyanne Conway. Seriously.
  15. Weird Al Yankovic has been honoured by having a street named after him in Darwin, Minnesota. It’s also the home of the world’s largest twine ball.
  16. On the 25th anniversary of the release of Definitely Maybe (and the 10th anniversary of their breakup), there’s a new photo exhibition on the band.

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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