Random Music News for Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Another day of low productivity thanks to the Olympics. I just can’t help myself–but I can multitask enough to aggregate some music news.

  1. Spotify has a new widget that will help you organize your music.
  2. What is this notion of the “value gap” in music?
  3. About that rumoured reunion of the original Smashing Pumpkins lineup: yeah, no.
  4. Another rumour: Adele to play the Super Bowl halftime show?
  5. These 43 luxury guitars might freak you out.
  6. Aaron Solowoniuk of Billy Talent is feeling better since his MS relapse.
  7. Has Lady Gaga landed herself a Good Fella?
  8. Remember the horrible Rhode Island nightclub fire in 2003? It’s now a Pokemon Go hotspot.
  9. Could the Netflix series Stranger Things contribute to any kind of retro revival?
  10. What do K-pop, South Sudan and the Olympics have in common? This guy.
  11. This songwriter who worked with the Eminem and Beyonce is now the creative director at a water company. Wait–what?
  12. Music executive L.A. Reid has a new house. It’s probably nicer than yours.
  13. Now the family of Marvin Gaye has sued Ed Sheeran over some song issues.
  14. Here’s a band that was named after one of my favourite cheesy horror films.
  15. A guy from Scotland is suing Warner Brothers because he says there wasn’t enough of The Joker in Suicide Squad.

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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