Random Music News for Thursday, July 21, 2016

The American space shuttle program ended five years ago today. Not much has happened with NASA manned space flight since then. Sad. And now, music news…

  1. A single social media post by Selena Gomez is worth $550,000 USD to advertisers. It’s a new world, isn’t it?
  2. The Beggars group of indie labels is warning of a hack.
  3. This might be one of the most remote summer music festivals in the world.
  4. If you’re going to fake hand injuries to get off work, don’t YouTube yourself playing Guns ‘N Roses on the guitar.
  5. Slipknot’s Corey Taylor probably should have taken a little more time off after spinal surgery.
  6. Grunge fans: Temple of the Dog’s reissue will have some unheard tracks.
  7. Is a politician using your music in a campaign against your will? Too bad.
  8. Here’s an interesting strategy Spotify is using for ads on its free tier.
  9. Fun New Yorker article: “Blink-182: Punk for All Ages.”
  10. The next Gorillaz album is almost done.
  11. This summer is the 40th anniversary of Rock Against Racism. Let’s look back, shall we?
  12. Even Rolling Stone is writing about the last Tragically Hip tour.
  13. Do you have any of these old records in your collection?  Any one of them is now worth a fortune.
  14. Japan will make its last-ever VCR this month. Wait: they were still making VCRs? (Via Tom)
  15. The people behind Woodstock have accused the Republicans of ripping off their logo.
  16. Oh, North Korea. What’s the story with these mysterious radio broadcasts?

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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