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Published on August 2nd, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Thursday, August 2, 2018

It was on this day in 1990 that Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. That ended poorly for everyone, of course. And here’s music news for August 2, 2018.

  1. Remember when big concert festivals used to tour North America? Yeah, not anymore.
  2. David Bowie makes a guest appearance on a new album. Wait–what?
  3. Speaking of guest appearances, Courtney Love is going to join the Smashing Pumpkins for their 30th-anniversary show.
  4.  Is the album almost dead? It’s really starting to look like it.
  5. Apple Music claims to have more subscribers in Canada, the US, and Japan than Spotify does.
  6. I’d love this for when I travel: an iPhone that supports two SIMS. Could happen, too.
  7. And still with smartphones, behind the wacky HubblePhone.
  8. Got a Google Home unit? Here’s a new alarm app that works with Spotify.
  9. We can blame the Sun for delays in hurricane relief in 2017. Here’s why.
  10. Government officials in Australia want streaming services to step up support of domestic music. Canada should study this.
  11. Another thing we should pay attention to: a documentary on the state of Canadian journalism.
  12. The people behind Pitchfork are getting deeper into hip-hop.
  13. If you’re a Canadian musician, pay attention to what’s happening with how performance and mechanical royalties are being collected and distributed. Start here and here.
  14. Keytar sales are down for the 425th straight month. (I know, I know. It’s satire. Still, it’s funny.) (Via Mark)
  15. Singer Two Feet is in hospital after a suicide attempt.
  16. Weezer’s live recreation of the “Buddy Holly” video is admittedly pretty rad.
  17. Here’s a problem with potential podcast listeners: They don’t know where to start.
  18. Fun: outdated ways of listening to music.
  19. A good bit of history: 30 years of Sub Pop Records. (via David)

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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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