Random music news for Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy birthday, America. A good day for a military parade, I hear. Here’s what’s making music news on July 4, 2019.

  1. What makes a real American? Check this out.
  2. Songs on Tidal streams will now come with detailed credits for things like songwriters, producers, and engineers. More here.
  3. Music as a shaper of identity.
  4. Liam Gallagher was going to kidnap Noel’s cat?
  5. An Electronic reunion? Maybe.
  6. Nicki Minaj is booked to play a gig in Saudi Arabia. Naturally, that’s not going over well.
  7. Was Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones murdered? A new TV documentary wants to find out.
  8. Wow. Some rare colour footage of the Velvet Underground from 1969.
  9. Tyler, the Creator, has created a new flavour of ice cream.
  10. If you’re a fan of The Cult, you’ll be interested in this 30th-anniversary edition of the Sonic Temple album. (Via Michael)
  11. A “female-first” music conference? Yes.
  12. Canada needs to “think big” when it comes to the future of our broadcasting laws.
  13. This AI project seeks to understand the emotions contained within music.
  14. The Fyre Festival island is up for sale for US$12 million.
  15. Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham just sold a place in LA for US$28 million.
  16. What’s going on with the Sleater-Kinney reunion? This isn’t good.

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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