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Published on August 4th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Saturday, August 4, 2018

A long weekend here in Canada. I’m trying not to remember that this is the third of our four summer long weekends and that Labour Day is just a month off. Time for another cocktail, I think. Now some music news for August 4, 2018.

  1. Here are my weekly music recommendations for Global News.
  2. “Zombie Boy,” the Canadian model made famous in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” video, was found dead at his home in Montreal this week. Reports say it was suicide.
  3. The Billboard Hot 100 turned 60. Here’s a little history.
  4. The Seattle Mariners are going to hold an Alice In Chains night.
  5. If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap.
  6. Here’s a conundrum: Streaming hurts music sales, yet piracy boosts concert attendance.
  7. Never thought of this, really: What effect will technology have on comedy?
  8. Usher is selling this mansion. The drummer of Good Charlotte is unloading this place. And the guy who did the music for Friends wants out of here.
  9. An Australian drummer has been found guilty in an ax attack. You read that correctly.
  10. Sub Pop now has its own plane. Sort of.
  11. Rush’s Geddy Lee has a new book coming out on his extensive and amazing collection of bass guitars.
  12. Australia is debating music content rules on the radio. Unlike Canada’s 35%, Australian stations only have to reach 25%.
  13. Looking for some good music books to read? Start here.
  14. If you’re a fan of Nine Inch Nails, here’s an excellent interview with Trent Reznor.
  15. Buh-bye Musical.ly. It’s being merged into a bigger company.
  16. The hot new revenue stream for music? Fitness.
  17. The new Microsoft Surface looks pretty good. If you don’t want an iPad…
  18. Super producer Max Martin now has a musical.
  19. If you’ve noticed the music in HBO’s Sharp Objects, read this.
  20. We’re going to need a bigger boat.



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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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