Random Music News for Friday, August 12, 2016

As the thermometer hit 33C outside my house, there were guys on my street sealing driveways in the hot sun. That after-work beer must have tasted so sweet. And now, the music news.

  1. A Disturbed fan was charged after biting a medic at a concert.
  2. Spotify has released some original videos.
  3. The Canadian Music Library is now open in Victoria.
  4. A list of songs about radio. Strangely, Elvis Costello’s “Radio Radio” is not here. What else is missing?
  5. Planning a trip to Scotland anytime soon? Here are some musical sites. (Via Andrew)
  6. Wayne Newton says Las Vegas is getting tacky. Getting tacky?
  7. A member of the 90s British band Marion has been jailed on drug offences.
  8. An interesting question: How popular will Western music be in ten years?
  9. Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden has started an airline in the African country of Djibouti. He landed the first passenger plane there himself.
  10. Adele is under a pizza ban.
  11. An Olympic gymnast is about to drop her first single.
  12. And speaking of the Olympics and music, do you know about the epinikon?
  13. Fascinating: How the smartphone is revolutionizing music in Nigeria.
  14. Just in case you feel the urge to cross disco with some jazz

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.

One thought on “Random Music News for Friday, August 12, 2016

  • August 12, 2016 at 8:50 am
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    For topic #4, of “Radio Songs”
    The Ramones “We Want the Airwaves” is an obvious choice. The song was written as The Ramones felt that not only they, but other bands were not getting radio airplay, and were being singled out for not being new wave or pop.
    Mind you, if Pleasant Dreams was a better record overall, it may have received more airplay.

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