Random music news for Wednesday, May 2, 2018

After a day without Internet, TV or wifi due to technical issues, I’m back in business. Damn, that was some awful withdrawal. All I had was a land line. Now some music news for May 2, 2018.

  1. We knew it was coming: Gibson Guitars has filed for bankruptcy. The company has $500 million USD in debt.
  2. First, Kanye said that slavery was “a choice“…
  3. …then he wisely tried to take it all back.
  4. Sony sold half the shares they owned in Spotify. That was good for a profit of $750 million USD.
  5. Okay, so Apple seems to be selling a LOT of iPhones–including the iPhone X.
  6. iTunes turned 15 this week. Did you know this about the platform?
  7. Kanye blames Taylor Swift for his breakdown.
  8. KISS is planning their biggest tour ever. If you’ve never seen them, you should.
  9. Some Winnipeg Jets fans have come up with a Nashville Predators parody song. Cool, but to the tune of “The Gambler?” (Via Tom)
  10. Has Sweden glimpsed the future of music? Maybe.
  11. Whatever happened in the lives of some famous one-hit-wonders? Some bad stuff, actually. (Via Andrew)
  12. Do you use Instagram? Some cool new features are coming.
  13. Looking for a good music festival in Europe? Here are nine to think about.
  14. Would your grandmother bust dance moves like this?
  15. Want to know what your Post Malone name is? Use this generator.
  16. Tencent, China’s equivalent of Spotify, wants to go public with a valuation of $25 billion.
  17. U2 is headed for an appearance on Ellen. No, really.

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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