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Random music news for Thursday, June 21, 2018

We hit the summer solstice at 6:07 am ET this morning. Next stop? Winter. And now music news for June 21, 2018.

  1. Pot will be legal in Canada on October 17, 2018, one year to the day that Gord Downie died. Coincidence? Ask our Prime Minister. He’s a big Hip fan.
  2. Confused by all the songs vying to be World Cup anthems? You’re not alone.
  3. Uh-oh. Now Trump has pissed off Bruce Springsteen. (Via Steve)
  4. Canada, India and other countries are working to make sure they don’t go down the same net neutrality road as the US. Good.
  5. Will YouTube end up owing billions in copyright fees? Maybe.
  6. Here are the details about Coachella’s infamous radius clause.
  7. The Rolling Stones and eel pie. Yes, that’s a story.
  8. Which Canadian cities love to read the most? Look at this Top 20 list.
  9. Thousands of Foo Fighters fans had a bad night in Manchester when their tickets were rejected.
  10. Wanna buy Elvis’ old airplane? No one seems to want it.
  11. Robert Plant turned down a role in Game of Thrones. Here’s why.
  12. A new documentary on Johnny Lydon’s Public Image Ltd. is coming. Here’s a trailer.
  13. Are you a guitarist that likes talkboxes but hates the gross saliva bit? Then maybe ElectroSpit is for you.
  14. Now that YouTube Music has been launched in about 20 countries (Canada got it this week), expect a big promo/advertising push from Google/YouTube.
  15. Banking with smart speakers? It’s gonna happen.
  16. Lisa Marie Presley says that her $100 million share of Elvis’ estate is gone. I’m not the best person with money, but WTF?
  17. Meanwhile, the daughter of Bono has an acting career that is really taking off.
  18. Alexa + Marriot Hotels = New kind of concierge.
  19. Ed Sheeran + Lego = This. (More Steve)
  20. Why do musicians so often struggle with mental health? Let’s take a look. (Another one from Steve.)
  21. There is plenty of controversy and conspiracy surrounding the shooting death of XXXTenacion.


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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