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Published on August 18th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Saturday, August 18, 2017

Everyone’s attention was on the death of Aretha Franklin this week, but there is still some other music news to be reported. Here’s what I have for August 18, 2018.

  1. The estranged wife of Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has died under apparently tragic circumstances.
  2. Here are my weekly music recommendations for Global News.
  3. No surprise here: Sales of Aretha Franklin’s music has surged since her death on Thursday.
  4. Meanwhile, in Virginia, an argument over Aretha led to a shooting.
  5. Very soon, Prince albums will be available for streaming. He probably wouldn’t like that, but what’s he gonna do?
  6. Speaking of whom, there’s a new movie in the works about a maid who won a dream date with Prince.
  7. Jack White played a show for Tesla employees last night. The first song? “The Big Three Killed My Baby.” More here. (Via Gilles)
  8. Discogs data says that sales of vinyl and (inexplicably) cassettes are continuing to grow.
  9. Wanna own Elvis’ mobile home?
  10. Spotify is starting to fall behind its competitors when it comes to voice and lyrics. This article explains the problem.
  11. Another music festival death has raised some big questions.
  12. Guess for the unveiling of the new iPhone? September 12.
  13. Phish had to cancel their Curveball Festival because of phlooding. (Funny that a band named Phish would be put off by a little water.)
  14. The death of one of Michael Jackson’s friends has police wondering what really happened.
  15. Do you recognize these obsolete technologies?
  16. This singer is suing over a botched surgical procedure that left him with half a tongue.
  17. There’s a big gap in podcast listening when you compare English and French Canada.



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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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