Random music news for Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Watching the Olympics? I miss Brian Williams keeping me up to date on the time in Newfoundland. (If you don’t get that reference, you’re too young). On to music news for July 28, 2021.

  1. A story from England on rappers vs. Canada’s colonial past.
  2. Mike Howe, frontman for Metal Church has died.
  3. John Hutchison, one of Bowie’s early collaborators, has died. No cause of death has been given.
  4. Spotify now has 165 million paying subscribers, up 7 million on the quarter.
  5. Solo Bono? The result of U2 would be cool with that.
  6. Meanwhile, November 18 will mark the 30th anniversary of the release of Achtung Baby. How will the band commemorate that? Rumours have begun.
  7. David Crosby says he’s done with “evil bastard Trump.” Oh, and the “rotten music industry.”
  8. Gibson Guitars has started its own label. Their first signing? Slash.
  9. James Blunt caught COVID–and it’s messed with his voice.
  10. Workers at this Wendy’s were grateful to this metal band. They just wanted to go home.
  11. Exodus drummer Tom Hunting says he’s now cancer-free.
  12. Billboard and MRC Data will now include SoundCloud streams in compiling charts.
  13. The Grateful Dead and Levis have a new clothing line.
  14. A Bruce Springsteen rest stop? That’s actually kinda funny. Here’s why.
  15. YouTube’s Indie Class of 2021 has been announced.
  16. “Is American talk radio killing people?” Discuss.

BONUS: Space memorabilia!

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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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