Random music news for Thursday, June 13, 2019

Off to Ottawa today for the next round of dates in my spring speaking tour. Maybe I’ll see you there. Meanwhile, here’s music news for June 13, 2019.

  1. Sarah McLachlan will perform “O Canada” before tonight’s Raptors/Warriors game.
  2. With St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup win, Ozzy must be happy.
  3. How’s this for a stage injury? Cage the Elephant guitarist Nick Bockrath was performing with the band at the Pinkpop Festival in The Netherlands and managed to break his tibia, tore his ACL, ruptured his PCL, and damaged his meniscus. Ouch.
  4. Fewer parents are naming their kids Alexa or Siri. Don’t want to confuse those virtual assistants, you know?
  5. What is right-to-repair legislation? This–and it’s important.
  6. Grandmaster Flash has won the Polar Prize, also known as the “Nobel Prize for Music.”
  7. The Spice Girls superhero movie. You read that sentence correctly.
  8. A good question: “Can timeless music exist in the age of streaming?” Discuss.
  9. Another good question: “Are Apple, Spotify and YouTube the new record labels?” Discuss.
  10. Apple Music may be worth up to US$20 billion on its own.
  11. If you’re into video games, you should take a look at this.
  12. How did the fees on event tickets get so bad? Read this.
  13. Who knew that Aquaman was a fan of SLAYER and Anthrax? (Via Tom)
  14. Justin Bieber may have come to his senses.
  15. Limp Bizkit is back with new music. Anyone else concerned?

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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