Random music news for Thursday, May 18, 2023

  1. Robert Smith and The Cure are fighting for reasonably-priced concert tickets. Great concept, but here’s why it might fail.
  2. According to Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, “AI songwriting is not a sin.”
  3. This artist has launched her own deepfake twin powered by AI.
  4. With the passage of Bill C-11, music, TV, and movie funds will be modernized in Canada. Good.
  5. TikTok has a new focus on rock and metal. Use #Rock to find content.
  6. What are you getting at, Travis Barker?
  7. Interesting fact: Apple Music doesn’t have a single song that’s streamed a billion times.
  8. Here’s a Gene Simmons makeup tutorial you might want to use one day.
  9. Are you a metal fan looking to plan a vacation this summer? Take a look at this.
  10. And if that trip involves hitting the US, you might want to drop into a Waffle House because something like this might happen.
  11. Billy Joel has a house he’d like to sell you.
  12. In case you missed the insanity that was Led Zeppelin, start here.
  13. “Swiftonomics.” It’s a thing.
  14. This is a very odd album artwork story.
  15. Jamie Foxx and his daughter are going to host a new music trivia TV show.

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BONUS: Strippers Union used to be just a Tragically Hip spin-off band. Now there’s an actual stripper’s union.

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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