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