Random Music News for Monday, August 22, 2016

The Hip tour is over. The Olympics are done. What am I going to do with my day? Well, I can work on gathering some music news, I guess…

  1. Michael Buble is launching a new fragrance via Facebook.
  2. Another look at politicians using songs against the artists’ wishes.
  3. Former 3 Door Down guitarist Matt Roberts has died at age 38 of a possible overdose of prescription drugs.
  4. And Architects guitarist Tom Searle has died of cancer at age 28.
  5. Bieber and the military helicopter.
  6. A new U2 song got premiered over the weekend.
  7. Courtney Love thinks Ryan Lochte is dumb. So does everyone else.
  8. Did Apple steal the idea for iTunes?
  9. Is there green for musicians in YouTube Red? Looks like it.
  10. Sorority chants from hell.
  11. A short film from a Backstreet Boy about black market sperm donations. You read that right.
  12. Counterfeit fentanyl pills at Prince’s place? Looks like it. (Via Tom)
  13. North Korea gets its own version of Netflix.
  14. Looks like Joni Mitchell is feeling better. Good.
  15. Samsung is killing is streaming music service next month.

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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