Random music news for Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Last gig on the summer speaking tour tonight. We’ll pick things up with more events in the fall. Meanwhile. here’s music news for July 24, 2019.

  1. Boris Johnson is the new PM of Britain. The music world has some thoughts.
  2. “Old Town Road” has tied the record for the most weeks at $1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  3. What kind of music are British politicians into? I am glad you asked.
  4. This was nice of Billy Joel.
  5. MTV has announced the nominees for the 2019 MVAs. Yes, they’re sticking with this despite not running a lot of music videos anymore.
  6. Give it up, Woodstock 50. PLEASE give up.
  7. The man who performed “Video Killed the Radio Star” explains why video did not kill the radio star.
  8. The guitarist for Incubus has a new tech start-up on the side. This looks interesting.
  9. Are you crafty? Then you know about Etsy. The company has just entered the music world by purchasing Reverb.
  10. Remember those sonic attacks on diplomats in Cuba? There’s an update.
  11. This is an interesting new Apple patent. What could they have planned?
  12. Mariah Carey’s ex-manager has dropped a $1 million lawsuit against Felix Sater, one of Donald Trump’s henchmen.
  13. The network behind the Surviving R Kelly series is going to tackle the story of Jeffrey Epstein.
  14. Trust me: Bon Jovi’s house IS for sale.
  15. “The greatest metal records that never word.” Discuss.
  16. Wanna own BB King’s Lucille guitar? It’s going up for auction.

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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