Random Music News for Thursday, July 2, 2015

I have the Statler Brothers “Flowers on the Wall” going through my head on an endless loop.

  1. A French magazine has been fined €1,000 for encouraging piracy.
  2. An indie band set up their own record store only to have it sold out from under them.
  3. My God. Deborah Harry is now 70 years old.
  4. Another story about the inexact science of radio ratings. The risk of bad data: ‘Twas ever thus.
  5. Have you heard of Illionaire Records? You soon might.
  6. U2 explains themselves and the song “Cedarwood Road” with Song Exploder. (Via Michael)
  7. There will be a Rolling Stones tour in 2016. How long can they go?
  8. Please stop it, Alex Trebek. Stop rapping. (Via Tom)
  9. Rick Ross is out on $2 million bail on those guns and kidnapping charges.
  10. Shazam and SoundHound have already integrated Apple Music.
  11. Breaking Benjamin’s mystery illness.
  12. What this woman can do with makeup is pretty cool. (Via Tom)

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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