Random Music News for Saturday, November 26, 2016

Hope you survived Black Friday without too many bruises. One month ’til Xmas. Here’s some weekend music news.

  1. The Ontario music industry is telling the city of Toronto that they need to extend drinking hours beyond 2am.  (Fantastic for patrons; rough for servers, DJs and other bar workers.)
  2. A streaming price war has broken out. Google Play Music is now offering four months free.
  3. A sign of the times? Rolling Stone’s top editor quit and is taking a job with Amazon Music.
  4. Will Donald Trump have it out for music rights organizations because they donated to Hillary’s campaign? They sure hope not.
  5. Let’s discuss this: Will Kanye’s insurance policy cover the costs of cancelling the Saint Pablo tour?
  6. Meanwhile, Kanye’s childhood home has been bought and will be turned into an arts incubator.
  7. “Rage Against the Machine were 24 years too early.” Discuss.
  8. A brilliant photo gallery: Visiting DJ booths through the decades.
  9. Mainstream media is a mess. Who’s to blame? Try this argument.
  10. I’ve always wondered about this: How does South Park record little Ike’s baby voice?
  11. AI chat bots are making their way through the music industry. This is cool/creepy.
  12. Using music to battle dementia.

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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