Random Music News for Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Still in Dubai where it’s a little cooler today. The air temperature is only 41. The humidex? Don’t ask. And now, music news…

  1. Sorry, but I just don’t believe the Beastie Boys “Sabotage” plot point in Star Trek Beyond.
  2. U2 is going to play the iHeartRadio Music Festival. (Via Larry)
  3. Another ugly CD sales week in the US. NeedToBreathe debuted at #1 with the Hardlove album by selling just 46,000 copies. Add up all the album in the Top 200 and you come up with a total of 767,000. Ouch.
  4. Thought the Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism trial was over? Think again.
  5. Remember Isohunt? They’ve settled a music piracy situation for $66 million Canadian.
  6. Warner Music Group may finally have a deal with Vevo. That would get their artists’ video on the channel.
  7. One UK festival now offers an interesting service: Attendees can test how strong their drugs are.
  8. Up to 30 people were arrested at a Guns ‘N Roses show in New Jersey.
  9. See Justin Timberlake play golf. See fan slap Justin Timberlake. See fan go to jail.
  10. See man have plastic surgery to look like Justin Bieber. See man die of overdose.
  11. Tool’s Maynard James Keenan brings his book tour for his autobiography to Convocation Hall in Toronto on November 14. He’ll do a reading and lead a discussion. I’d somehow hold off on asking about the progress of the new Tool album. That annoys him.
  12. Imagine a million Juggalos marching on Washington DC. It might happen. (It probably won’t, but still…)

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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