Random Music News for Thursday, August 11, 2016

My wife: “The women’s beach volleyball teams play in bikinis?” Me: “Yes.” My wife: “And the men are in shorts and tank tops?” Me: “Uh, yeah.” My wife: “Well, that’s not right, is it?”

And now, the music news.

  1. Looking for some truly insane music? Try Japan’s “visual kei” scene.
  2. New Order beer. I’d have preferred Joy Division ale.
  3. About those stories about Apple stopping the sale of music downloads through iTunes in South Korea: Turns out that because of weird rightsholders agreements, iTunes downloads have never been available in South Korea. Oh. But you understand the confusion, right?
  4. Have you noticed the increase in drug deaths at music festivals this year? It’s not your imagination.
  5. No wonder then a big touring conference will focus on security issues.
  6. An interesting look at the business of background music.
  7. And here’s an interesting look back at the music industry by a long-time insider. (I actually once had a chance to visit Stuart Watson at his home in Phuket. Great dude.)
  8. Ozzy has been sued by a former bass player over songwriting royalties.
  9. You know why so many artists are willing to appear on Carpool Karaoke? Because the gimmick boosts sales of songs.
  10. Pat Benetar’s life is being made into a musical for Broadway.
  11. This new hip hop series called The Get Down is getting bad reviews just like Vinyl.
  12. Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi says his cancer is in remission. Great news.

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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