Random Music News for Monday, August 8, 2016

Isn’t it amazing that every four years we become fans and experts at sports we normally don’t care about? Guilty as charged. And now, the music news.

  1. Did Apple just stop selling music downloads through iTunes in Korea? Looks like it.
  2. Someone stole 20 surfboards from Mike D of the Beastie Boys.
  3. Adele, the 9th highest-paid celebrity in the world, had her credit card declined at H&M. She thought it was hysterical.
  4. Are you addicted to Facebook? Take this test to find out. (It’s for an academic study.)
  5. Mariah Carey was just joking about having white tigers at her wedding. Or was she?
  6. The newest performing hologram of a dead music star? Ronnie James Dio. (Via Tom)
  7. A British indie band who was completely wiped out in a car accident earlier this year has the #1 album in the UK this week.
  8. Did Suge Knight once try to have Eminem killed? Allegedly?
  9. Pharma pariah Martin Shkreli is going to release an album. No, really.
  10. How much did it cost to get a kiss from Taylor Swift?
  11. The family of reggae legend Peter Tosh just hocked his Grammy Award.
  12. And maybe Prince’s family isn’t going sell Paisley Park after all.
  13. Leonard Cohen sent a letter to his one-time muse before she died. “So Long, Marianne,” indeed.
  14. What are the health issues plaguing Greg Allman? Seems serious.
  15. Twenty-four people were treated for ODs at a rap concert in Ohio: Extremely high levels of THC in candy. The event was bill as “The Last Weekend on Earth.”
  16. Ricci Martin, son of Dean Martin, was found dead in his Utah home.

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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