Random music news for Wednesday, August 21, 2019

On this day in 1911, a Louvre employee stole the Mona Lisa. They got it back, obviously. On to music news for August 21, 2019.

  1. A dog walker chased off some rapists at a Foo Fighters show.
  2. A grizzly bear killed a French-Canadian musician who was just out gathering sound.
  3. Record mogul Russell Simmons showed up in the Hamptons after a long self-imposed exile in Bali following #MeToo allegations.
  4. This looks like a pretty wild vehicle infotainment system.
  5. A standing grand piano? As in one you play standing up? Yes.
  6. Ed Sheeran was a really, really awful music student in college. So how did he manage to sell 150 million records?
  7. It looks like Apple will get into the video streaming business in November with the launch of Apple TV Plus. The initial budget for programming is rumoured to be US$6 billion.
  8. Colin Kaepernik: Not a much of a Jay-Z fan since he got in bed with the NFL, saying “We need to get past kneeling.”
  9. Spotify is in the early days with a feature that allows you to “make your own podcast playlists” using the iPhone app. This requires some exploration.
  10. And what’s with this new friendship between Spotify and Taylor Swift?
  11. Finally, Spotify: The TV Show.
  12. The rise of all-female music festivals.
  13. Here’s our first look at the David Bowie movie, Stardust. It’s not a biopic but a dramatization of an “origins story.” Johnny Flynny plays Bowie.
  14. There’s a Queen exhibit called Bohemian Rhapsody on now in Seoul, South Korea. Here’s a review.
  15. Here’s this week’s Often Forgotten Canadian Hard Rock/Metal Bands post: Helix!

Alan Cross

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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