Random Music News for Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Helium was discovered 147 years ago today. I just thought you’d like to know. Now, some music news.

  1. Bummed out that it’s still only Tuesday and the summer is rushing by? Here’s a list of the top 65 happiest songs in the world.
  2. Here’s a lovely story on Rush from the Australian version of Rolling Stone.
  3. Using Spotify data to determine where to tour. Smart.
  4. Let’s play Guess the Guitarist! Your only clues are pictures of their guitars.
  5. Dr. Dre’s new album has been streamed 25 million times on Apple Music.
  6. These convicts made a rap video with an illegal cell phone inside the joint.
  7. Heavy Internet and mobile phone use has been linked to shorter attention spans. I’d do a whole story on this, but I’ve already moved on.
  8. Are you a user of the soon-to-be-archived This is My Jam? A lot of people are headed over to Let’s Loop. (Via Larry)
  9. T-Mobile is the latest wireless network to say “yes” to the FM chip.
  10. Well, that’s one way to get a raise.
  11. Ever hear of the Turkish whistling language?
  12. The first-ever Beatles recording contract is going up for sale next month. (Via Tom)
  13. The lineup for Apple’s annual music festival in London has been announced.
  14. Australian music legend Jimmy Barnes and his family were nearly caught in one of those Bangkok bomb blasts yesterday.
  15. Bummed that the Bon Jovi show in Vancouver was cancelled? Curious as to why? Here’s the band’s statement.
  16. It’s the return of the parental advisory sticker–this time for music videos in the UK.
  17. There’s an all-Drake-all-the-time radio station in Charlotte, NC.

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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