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Published on September 14th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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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.

  1. Hurricanes are bad for the concert industry. See?
  2. Rachid Taha, the Algerian musician who inspired The Clash (including the writing of “Rock the Casbah”) had died at 59 of a heart attack.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Spotify has lifted its 3,333 song download limit. Users rejoice.
  6. 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.
  7. Why is PornHub becoming a destination for music?
  8. Is the European Union about to kill the Internet as we know it? This is scary.
  9. A German pop star went missing from a cruise shift. The search has been called off.
  10. Boy George to fans of plastic surgery: “Don’t do it.”
  11. Were you a fan of Saturday Night Fever? If so, I have a real estate deal for you.
  12. Jimmy Buffet weed. Of course.
  13. Could anyone find an actor that looks enough like Elton John for the upcoming biopic? Yes. Yes, someone could.
  14. Jammcard: The “LinkedIn for Musicians.”
  15. Here’s a perfect example of how a band can make big money from sync licenses. Good for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
  16. Musicians: How much do you trust your accountant? Read this for a cautionary tale.
  17. Are you a musician worried about arthritis? Read this.
  18. Death is good for the music business. Here’s more proof.
  19. An ancient African musical instrument paired with a smartphone could be used to detect poison.
  20. Here’s a great story on the agony of choosing a name for your band.



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About the Author

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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