Random Music News for Saturday, June 18, 2016

On this day in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She was part of the crew of the Challenger.

  1. Interesting tidbit: I’m hearing that after the announcement that the Tragically Hip’s last concert will be broadcast/streamed on the CBC, all floating inflatable screens–something you might use for a mass event at the cottage or whatever–were all rented within minutes. Can you imagine the business bars are going to do on the night of Saturday, August 20?
  2. Good question: Why do doctors make the same prescription drug mistakes with superstars? Think about it: Elvis, Michael Jackson, Prince…
  3. The founder of The Pirate Bay has been ordered to pay the record labels $395,000.
  4. This article goes deeper into the music Donald Trump is using in his campaign.
  5. In health news:
  6. Three years ago, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness lost his cat. This week, the cat came back.
  7. If you’re in the Toronto area, you may be interested to know that the Sound Academy is being completely gutted in a big renovation.
  8. Heading out to buy a physical copy of Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool? It’s bloody gorgeous.
  9. Meat Leaf is apparently going to be okay. His people say that his collapse in Edmonton the other night was caused by dehydration. No one likes dry Meal Loaf. (Sorry.)
  10. Justin Bieber fell off the stage during a gig in Saskatoon. Of course, there’s video.
  11. Dr. Dre and 50 Cent are being sued over the song “P.I.M.P.”
  12. Britney Spears now as a perfume that smells like iced coffee. Seriously.

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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