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Published on June 4th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, June 4, 2019

This is what thinking looks like. Cool! Grow more neurons by reading through music news for Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

  1. I can’t believe that so many people are still going through the trouble of stream-ripping. This kind of piracy is up 13% in the US over last year.
  2. Jay-Z is official hip-hop’s first billionaire.
  3. The Rolling Stones have announced the full line-up for their only Canadian date this year.
  4. So what’s new with classic rock these days? I’m glad you asked.
  5. There’s a new debate on how to wear Apple AirPods. I never even considered this.
  6. While under oath, Russell Simmons of Def Jam denies all allegations of sexual assault. (By the way, he fled to Indonesia when these charges were made.)
  7. Remember when people were discussing the FM chip in cell phones? Yeah, about that. (Side note: Canadians pay almost FIVE TIMES MORE for a monthly data plan for ONE THIRD LESS DATA that telcos in Australia offer.)
  8. Yes, Drake has his own custom 767 jet. But no, it didn’t cost him anything.
  9. LUFS vs. LKFS: What the hell is that? Actually, it’s more important to your music listening experience than you may realize. See?
  10. These people are doing their best to keep indie music blogs alive.
  11. Wow. This battle over Tom Petty’s estate is ugly.
  12. Up until now, a “Flying V” was the name of a guitar. Now it’s the name of a new aircraft.
  13. Radio: More humans, please.
  14. So how accurate is the Elton John biopic? Here’s some fact-checking.



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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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