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Random music news for Wednesday, May 15, 2024

German finger wrestling: It’s a thing. So is music news for Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

  1. Is this a diss from Bono? “Coldplay are not a rock band. I hope that’s obvious.” (Hint: No. You need to see this in context.)
  2. There’s an AI songwriting program called Udio that is cranking out ten songs a second.
  3. And this new AI model is…wow. Powerful.
  4. DJ Bella, a Nigerian DJ, spun a set that ran 250 hours. That is NOT a typo.
  5. The Dutch contestant disqualified from Eurovision for a backstage altercation may face police action.
  6. Shazam has a new chart that shows the most-played songs on radio around the world.
  7. This chart shows how well the international concert touring industry has come back since the pandemic. Revenues are at an all-time high. (But ticket prices are higher than ever, so factor that in.)
  8. Point of trivia: Live Nation’s Budweiser Stage (ne Molson Amphitheatre) is celebrating 30 years this summer. More than 80 events have been scheduled for this summer.
  9. There’s a new book that promises to deliver the definitive story about 2 Tone, the great ska label.
  10. Apple Music is releasing its list of the 100 greatest albums ten at a time. Here are numbers 100-91.
  11. The drama surrounding the Hipgnosis Song Fund has entered a new weird stage.
  12. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea really loves Denny’s–and the chain loves him back.
  13. Taylor Swift has filed for a trademark for Female Rage: The Musical.
  14. Ed Sheeran is the latest artist to issue a record on green eco-friendly vinyl.
  15. What are these headphones that Meta is allegedly working on?

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BONUS: Hey, kids. This is how we used to play electronic music. This whole thing can now fit on an app for your phone.

Alan Cross

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