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Published on August 17th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Wednesday, August 17, 2016

On this day in 1989, there was a solar flare so strong that the Toronto Stock Exchange had to be shut down. And in music news…

  1. More gig violence: A man was shot at a UK dance festival.
  2. Justin Bieber has deleted his Instagram account. Awwww.
  3. Sorry, Bob Costas. Usain Bolt is NOT more popular than Bob Marley.
  4. If you don’t know about the app called Musical.ly, better get acquainted. It could be huge.
  5. How serious are you about home audio? I’ll bet you’re not this serious.
  6. More bets that podcasting is going to be big business.
  7. Interesting: “How Drake Conquered Streaming.”
  8. If Phil Rudd can’t play drums for AC/DC, he’s going to release a solo album.
  9. Almost no one in Australia downloading music now. (Think iTunes.)
  10. If you’re ever in Scotland, here’s an alt-rock tour guide.
  11. Yesterday was Elvis Day. Here’s what you should have been eating.
  12. The state of Pennsylvania is going to place a tax on streaming music services.



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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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