Random Music News for June 20, 2014

The summer blockbuster was we know it was born on this day in 1975 when Jaws opened.

  1. Want to research media piracy?  The MPAA is offering $20,000 grants for “unbiased” research.
  2. What is this whole music streaming thing doesn’t work out?  Unlikely, but someone has asked the question.
  3. Gerry Goffin, who co-wrote such songs as “Pleasant Valley Sunday” for the Monkees, “Saving All My Love for You” for Whitney Houston and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” among many, many others, has died at the age of 75.
  4. So what will the Song of the Summer be?  Here are your candidates.
  5. Conductor wakes from a coma when his wife plays him a recording of his own music.
  6. Now Michael Jackson’s hologram is being sued.  You heard me.
  7. A member of One Direction just bought an English soccer club.  (It plays two levels below the Premier League, so don’t get too excited.)
  8. What if the Glastonbury lineup if the appearance orders were decided by streaming numbers?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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 June 20, 2014

  • June 20, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Regarding story #1: I find the MPAA/RIAA and their insane spending of monies sending out hundreds of thousands of ‘take-down notices’ downright funny. I hope they keep it up as this “war on piracy” has gone the way of the “war on drugs” – millions and millions of dollars are spent in a feeble attempt to stop “piracy”, all to no avail.

    Keep it up, guys and you’ll soon be seen by everyone as nothing more than a deluded cousin of the political body in Washington D.C., if it’s not already looked upon a such.

    I’m just sayin’… \m/ \m/


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