Random music news for Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August already. And my parents are coming to visit for almost a week. This should be interesting. Here’s music news for August 1, 2018.

  1. Apple is now very close to becoming the world’s first-ever trillion-dollar company.
  2. Remember those members of Pussy Riot who arrested for the field invasion at the World Cup? Just as they were released from jail, they were arrested again.
  3. Seth Rogen already has a deal to be the guest voice on the Vancouver transit system. Could the Toronto be next? Yep.
  4. Samsung is about to launch their Galaxy Watch.
  5. If Weezer can cover Toto (twice!), Toto has decided to cover Weezer. Seriously.
  6. Sony reported revenues of $1.9 billion in the first half of 2018. Of that, streaming revenues were $943.7 million. Read more.
  7. And Sony just bought another big chunk of Michael Jackson’s publishing.
  8. Australians should stop doing “shoeys,” which is something apparently big in music culture down there. Read about it here.
  9. Well, these are pretty TV setups. Canadian, too.
  10. This is an interesting story about the origin of the phrase “heavy metal” in music.
  11. On a semi-related note, exactly how loud was the Heavy Montreal festival? This loud.
  12. Does anyone remember crabcore? Has it completely died out as a musical form? We can only hope.
  13. Time for more weird music-related British TV: Happy Monday vs. Pulp man.
  14. I’m sure Bruno Mars REALLY appreciated this.
  15. Brexit issues are annoying Peter Gabriel because it’s keeping some of his WOMAD artists out of the UK.

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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