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Published on July 10th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Wednesday, July 10, 2019

It was very hot in Death Valley on this day in 1913 when it reached 57 C. I think that’s still the record. Anything hot with music news for July 10, 2019? Let’s find out.

  1. When Spotify launches in the country, it takes local economic conditions into consideration when setting subscription rates. That’s why Spotify Russia will cost the equivalent of CAD$3.10.
  2. And then there’s Spotify Lite.
  3. Into Stranger Things on Netflix? Here are details on the season three soundtrack.
  4. Kanye West wants to build Star Wars-inspired shelters for the homeless.
  5. This is one LOUD worm.
  6. Confess is an Iranian metal band. They’ve been sentenced to prison along with 74 lashes. For being metal.
  7. This never occurred to me before: The racist and sexist attributes of classical opera.
  8. Yes, the live music scene cyclical–it all depends on who’s on the road any given year–but box office revenues have slumped US$752 million from this time last year.
  9. Meanwhile, Elton John is having a very good (read: profitable) year on the road.
  10. This looks like a fun retro synth.
  11. Olivia Newton-John is auctioning off her Grease gear for cancer research.
  12. Setlists are the new playlists, apparently. See?
  13. Radio peeps: Imagine having this job.
  14. If you call your band Confederate Railroad, prepare for this kind of blowback.



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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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