Random Music News for Saturday, June 25, 2016

I’ve been drafted to play sl0w pitch this weekend. It will not be pretty. Here’s some music news.

  1. RIP Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic. Lung cancer at age 72.
  2. Need a soundtrack for the Brexit breakup? Try this one.
  3. British pound crashes. Time to go shopping for imports.
  4. How different is the Francophone music market in this country from the ROC? Very different.
  5. Romanian speed folk brass music? Yep.
  6. Is Iggy Pop serious about retiring? Maybe.
  7. Ticketmaster in the US is having trouble handling the rush for the free tickets they have to provide as part of a class action settlement.
  8. I gotta go to the Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland. Here’s why.
  9. This bride signed her wedding song to her deaf parents so they could understand how much they meant to her.
  10. Both Spotify and iHeartRadio are being sued by a company who says they’re violating their patents. Trolls. And yes, the suit was filed in East Texas. That’s always a sign.
  11. Wait: the Chili Peppers outsell Drake 3-to-1 in the US and still don’t finish at #1 on the album charts? WTF?
  12. Why is Kanye West naked with Taylor Swift, Donald Trump and Bill Cosby in his new video?
  13. Justin Bieber broke his ankle playing basketball.
  14. And interesting look at http://www.u2songs.com/news/every_artist_is_a_cannibal_u2s_use_of_samples_in_their_songshow U2 uses samples in their songs. (Via Michael)

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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