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Published on August 11th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Saturday, August 11, 2018

I finally cleaned out the shed as part of my staycation duties. I’m sure the place is a breeding ground for hantavirus. I’ll let you know. Meanwhile, here’s some music news for August 11, 2018.

  1. A much-regarded musician was one of the victims in the Fredericton shooting that left four dead.
  2. This is disturbing: 47% of Canadians won’t pay for news. This could mean drifting to non-official news sources (i.e. Facebook) for “news.” Uh-oh.
  3. This is a good read: What, exactly, is “social music” in the age of streaming?
  4. Handy tips: How to start recording your own demos.
  5. More handy tips: How to write a great song lyric.
  6. Well, this music festival porta-potty led to something unexpected.
  7. Forget the algorithm. Here’s how six music industry insiders find new music.
  8. The singing black hole. Cool!
  9. This defunct streaming company has been found guilty of scamming an Alzheimer’s patient out of $6.6 million.
  10. A record shop in Kingston, Ontario, could be done for following a water main break.
  11. Music festivals in Lebanon? Yep. This just emphasizes that how music can live even in war zones.
  12. Queens of the Stone Age is another band that’s aligned themselves with a Canadian cannabis company.
  13. Alexa in your car? Here’s a look at Alexa Auto.
  14. A blockchain toilet? Instead “I shit you not” comment here.
  15. These dance crazes are changing the world.
  16. Leave it to Pussy Riot to constantly defy the Russian government. Good on them.
  17. Chris Martin of Coldplay will appear on a posthumous Avicii track.
  18. Eleven women have accused the former manager of The Lumineers of sexual assault and misconduct.
  19. This guy has been waiting a long, long time to have a hit song. Here’s his story.



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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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