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Published on June 20th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The concept of the summer blockbuster was born on this day in 1975 when Jaws opened. Since then, Hollywood has needed a bigger boat. And now, the music news for June 20.

  1. Here’s a deeper dive into Spotify’s recently announced earnings report.
  2. It’s so hot in Glastonbury that roads have melted and train tracks have buckled.
  3. As musical disses go, this is a good one.
  4. Now it’s Nickelback vs. Stone Sour and Slipknot.
  5. This week’s Canadian sales numbers (all figures in relation to this time last year): Overall album sales, -18.4%: digital albums, -25%; CDs, -13.3%; vinyl, -11.4%; audio streams, +88.1%.
  6. Need help with your divorce? Call Eddie Vedder!
  7. No one likes the idea that Gene Simmons is trying to trademark rock’s devil horns hand gesture. See?
  8. Let’s review science’s advances in the creation of music for cats. (Via George)
  9. Apple’s forbidden city.
  10. This British teenager has an incurable lung disease. He’s also a music sensation in Britain.
  11. Madonna’s kid wants to play soccer in Portugal, so she bought a palace where he can live. A friggin’ palace.
  12. Burton Cummings has published a book of poetry.
  13. Another plea for mandatory music education in schools.
  14. CNN is ready with their latest decade-by-decade examination of history. Next up, the 90s.
  15. Just for fun: Who was the greatest Glastonbury headliner of all time?
  16. Kids react to hearing Iron Maiden for the first time. (Via Tom)
  17. If you dig through the links, Apple is apparently offering a $99/year subscription Apple Music. That’s a saving of $20 over the month-by-month route. Naturally, Apple isn’t  making it easy to know this.



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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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