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Published on July 25th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Monday, July 25, 2016

I write this from Dubai, UAE, where the air temperature is now 43 C. With the humidity, it feels like 54. Now that the weather report is out of the way, here’s some music news.

  1. There’s a Guns ‘N Roses pop-up shop in New York. It’s in the same spot where CBGB used to be.
  2. And on a semi-related note, the Ramones have had a street named after them.
  3. Wait: You’re telling me that Jon and Vangelis’ “The Friends of Mr. Cairo” inspired Michael Jackson to write “Thriller?”
  4. And this is crazy: Michael Jackson’s former doctor could end up on a reality TV show.
  5. Are these the 50 sexiest songs of all time? (Via Tom)
  6. Nettwerk, one of the greatest indie labels ever (and they’re Canadian!), just sold their publishing catalogue.
  7. More artists are pissed off at Donald Trump using their music in his campaign. Franky, though, there’s nothing they can do about it. If the songs are played in a venue with a legal performing rights license–which is just about every venue in existence–candidates can play whatever they want at the rally. It’s only when they attempt to use songs in things like ads to things get weird.
  8. Even the long-dead Enrico Caruso is pissed off at Trump.
  9. Here’s a summary of the music situation at the RNC convention.
  10. And now it’s time to analyze the music the Demoncrats will use at their convention.
  11. Brian Eno reminisces about David Bowie as a singer.
  12. Did you miss International Busking Day? Here are some highlights.
  13. The writer of a Meghan Trainor song was surprised by a cheque he got from streaming services.
  14. Meanwhile, Spotify is now sharing more information about who uses the service.



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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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