Random Music News for Thursday, May 19, 2017

When I was in Hong Kong the other day, a guy in a shop asked where I was from. “Toronto,” I replied. “Drake! Raptors! You lucky!” was his reply. And now, the music news.

  1. Speaking of whom, Drake is now officially the most popular artist of all time on Spotify.
  2. And he’s got plans for a big house on the Bridal Path in Toronto…
  3. not far from where Prince used to live.
  4. More back-to-the-future vinyl news: Half-speed remasters are back, thanks to Peter Gabriel.
  5. Lenny Kravitz and Alice in Chains have been invited to tour with Guns ‘N Roses this summer. At this point, though, the one Canadian date (Toronto, July 16) features neither.
  6. Remember the “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism trial in LA? It’s still happening, but it still hasn’t started. And one side is getting testy. (Via Pamela)
  7. All Taylor Swift has to do is sing your song in an Apple commercial and look what happens. That’s a powerful brand…
  8. About those claims that Beyonce’s clothing company uses Sri Lankan sweatshop? Bey says “No, I don’t.”
  9. Fatboy Slim just played the ultimate underage show.
  10. Joe Jackson, the Jackson family patriarch, has been in the hospital since Friday. He’s 87.

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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