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Published on August 23rd, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Thursday, August 23, 2018

The reason you’re reading this is because on this day in 1991, the World Wide Web was open to the public for the first time. That means I can bring you music news for August 23, 2018.

  1. Just like Prince, it appears that Aretha Franklin didn’t leave a will. Oh, dear. This will be messy.
  2. So Liam Gallagher walks into a pub
  3. Aerosmith to Donald Trump: “CUT IT OUT!”
  4. Drake has invested in a high school sports channel.
  5. Weird Al’s new film will be a VR thing, which promises weirdness. (Via Tom)
  6. Is your band still struggling? Here are five reasons why.
  7. JJ Abrams is launching a record label. Bad Robot has begat Loud Robot.
  8. Spotify and the Guinness Book of World Records have launched a “world record playlist.”
  9. Use Chrome as your browser? Watch for some changes in the coming days.
  10. What’s this new podcast app called Shortwave that Google is working on?
  11. AC/DC is annoyed that they’ve been spotted in Vancouver recording a new album.
  12. This court ruling will have interesting implications for the copyright of songs recorded before 1972. More here.
  13. The next target for artificial intelligence in the music business? Hardware.
  14. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that a song called “F**k the Police” is not protected by free speech.
  15. Do you have a social media habit you’re trying to break? Then try Brizzly.
  16. There are now more than 800 million Internet users in China.
  17. Why the world owes an apology to Sinead O’Connor.
  18. The New York Jets have teamed up with Def Jam Recordings for this NFL season.
  19. Fox News is getting slammed for using this song in a report about bulletproof backpacks.
  20. Apparently, there are #MeToo issues in the world of classical music.
  21. How to grow old gracefully in music.



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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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