Published on September 14th, 2018 | by Alan Cross0
Random music news for Friday, September 14, 2018
Back home in North America although it’ll be a few years before my soul catches up with me. Ultra-long-haul air travel will do that to you. This is music news for (I think) September 14, 2018.
- Hurricanes are bad for the concert industry. See?
- Rachid Taha, the Algerian musician who inspired The Clash (including the writing of “Rock the Casbah”) had died at 59 of a heart attack.
- Given all the controversy about acts playing in Israel, you gotta wonder how things are going to turn out when Eurovision is hosted by Tel Aviv next year.
- No, it wasn’t your imagination: many of the pop songs from the summer of 2018 were quite sad. That could explain CHR radio ratings.
- Spotify has lifted its 3,333 song download limit. Users rejoice.
- Apple eliminates the headphone jack. Now Apple has stopped included including 3.5 mm adapter dongle on all new iPhones. That will be $9, please.
- Why is PornHub becoming a destination for music?
- Is the European Union about to kill the Internet as we know it? This is scary.
- A German pop star went missing from a cruise shift. The search has been called off.
- Boy George to fans of plastic surgery: “Don’t do it.”
- Were you a fan of Saturday Night Fever? If so, I have a real estate deal for you.
- Jimmy Buffet weed. Of course.
- Could anyone find an actor that looks enough like Elton John for the upcoming biopic? Yes. Yes, someone could.
- Jammcard: The “LinkedIn for Musicians.”
- Here’s a perfect example of how a band can make big money from sync licenses. Good for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
- Musicians: How much do you trust your accountant? Read this for a cautionary tale.
- Are you a musician worried about arthritis? Read this.
- Death is good for the music business. Here’s more proof.
- An ancient African musical instrument paired with a smartphone could be used to detect poison.
- Here’s a great story on the agony of choosing a name for your band.