Random music news for Tuesday, June 19, 2019

If there’s one cool non-football thing about the World Cup, it’s our quadriennial instruction in vexillology. Back to music news for June 19, 2018.

  1. Rapper XXXTenacion was shot dead in Miami yesterday. Looks like an armed robbery at this point.
  2. Dave Matthews sold 284,770 physical copies of his new album, Come Tomorrow, last week in America. That’s an excellent number in this day and age. That helped the total number of album sales in the Top 200 over 1 million for the first time in months.
  3. France’s most beloved accordionist, Yvette Horner, has died at the age of 95. Don’t snort. She recorded over 150 albums.
  4. This guy doesn’t just want to bring back the harpsichord, he wants to make it mainstream.
  5. Apple’s HomePod smart speakers are now available in Canada.
  6. An ex-member of 3 Doors Down has been arrested on drugs and weapons charges.
  7. Gentrification vs. Bruce Springsteen: Who will win this one?
  8. When Grandpa died, he left behind this amazing collection of 80,000 records.
  9. Brazil says that Mick Jagger is a jinx and wants him to stay away from their World Cup games.
  10. Another festival death. How many has this been so far this year?
  11. And then there was this shooting at a New Jersey arts festival that left one dead and 22 injured.
  12. Just in case you need another reminder, radio is still doing just fine.
  13. On the other hand, the industry needs to do a better job of making sure radio remains front-and-centre in the car. Here’s what I mean.
  14. Ringtones: Still not dead. See?
  15. London Transport is selling this tube map guitar. Cool, no?
  16. Have you heard the story of the desperate girlfriend who secretly sabotaged her boyfriend’s music career?
  17. An interesting thought: teaching music history backwards.
  18. Are these the 50 most iconic music videos of all time?

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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