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Published on August 16th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Notice how more people are referring to Donald Trump as “45” instead of “President Trump?” No? Watch for it. And now, the music news for August 16.

  1. Speaking of whom, that was some press conference yesterday, huh? Stars are speaking out about what 45 had to say (and didn’t say).
  2. Macklemore is defending himself against those who say he’s got an alt-right haircut.
  3. And Lionel Ritchie is thinking about skipping the Kennedy Centre Honors.
  4. Elvis died 40 years ago today. It costs $28.75 US to visit his grave.
  5. The radio dude accused of groping Taylor Swift says “I never grabbed her!”)
  6. The families of those killed in this year’s Manchester bombing attack will receive £250,000 each.
  7. For the first time in EIGHT YEARS, Drake doesn’t have any songs on the Billboard Top 100.
  8. Gord Downie is up for…a comic book award? Yep. (Via Brent)
  9. In case you’re keeping track, “Despacito” is the #1 single in Canada for the 14th week in a row.
  10. Organizers of the Leeds and Reading music festivals have banned animals, drones, fireworks and pineapples. Wait: pineapples?
  11. The Killers want to get Mike Tyson for a music film.
  12. Interesting read on journalism: “Sycophantic Journalists and the Monsters They Love.” (Via Larry)
  13. Deadmau5 + Rick and Morty = Szechuan sauce.
  14. Worried about having your phone searched at the border? Read this.
  15. Oh, Pete Doherty. I thought you were finally clean. But now you were caught smuggling heroin?
  16. Eminem took a serious hit on a Detroit real estate deal. Ouch.
  17. Here’s Death from Above explaining why they dropped the “1979” from their name.
  18. Are vintage guitars really worth that much money? Maybe, maybe not.
  19. Belle and Sebastian left their drummer at a gas station. Oops.
  20. We can now download 400,000 free classical music scores and 46,000 free classical recordings guilt-free here.



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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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