Random Music News for Saturday, June 10, 2017

Another transpacific trip. Is this Shanghai? And I’m flying Juneyao Airlines? That should be fine, right? And now, the music news for June 10–from wherever I am.

  1. SiriusXM is buying a half-billion-dollar stake in Pandora.
  2. Meanwhile, TicketFly was bought from Pandora by Eventbrite.
  3. Headline of the weekend: “Abandoned newborn baby found in Jonas Brothers backpack!”
  4. Festival d’été de Québec is celebrating its 50th anniversary. That’s amazing longevity for a music festival.
  5. Are 24/7 YouTube channels the new thing for artists?
  6. Prince, a champion of solar power.
  7. Jay Z is a long way from pregnant Beyonce.
  8. Ed Sheeran keeps on streaming and streaming and screaming…
  9. As you might expect, the UK music industry is reacting to this week’s big election.
  10. And I thought the audio interface on my wife’s Honda CR-V was stupid. Check this out.
  11. Hackers are soon going to have a lot of fun hacking everything in our homes. Skynet is closer than we think.
  12. The trouble with being a rock writer is…

 

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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