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Published on July 12th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Thursday, July 12, 2018

On this day in 1962, the Rolling Stones played their first gig. As for music news for July 12, 2018…

  1. Speaking of the Rolling Stones, could you pick Mick’s kid out of this lineup?
  2. Will British music fans succeed in pushing Green Day’s “American Idiot” to #1 on the charts in time for Donald Trump’s visit? It’s possible.
  3. This guy is selling 100,000 records for $1 each.
  4. It’s possible that Apple Music will have more paying users in the US than Spotify by Christmas.
  5. Facebook has been fined by the UK for data breaches. It’s a drop in the bucket for them, though.
  6. Sonos speakers now work with AirPlay 2, meaning you can stream audio from your iPhone or iPad to your Sonos, among other things. Just ask Siri.
  7. More fretting (sorry) over the death of the electric guitar.
  8. Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage–a right-wing guy if there ever was one–has a podcast called Farage Against the Machine. Rage Against the Machine has launched legal action.
  9. An interesting question: Which music festivals offer the best bang for your buck?
  10. This looks like a good book. It’s all about how music fans built the Internet.
  11. Well, this is a different look at Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video. Watch.
  12. It’s turning out to be the summer of cannabis schmoozing in Canada, especially at music festivals.
  13. The Apple App Store turned 10 this week. Time to delete most of your apps. Here’s why.
  14. Ready or not, facial recognition is coming soon to concerts.
  15. This is an interesting look at “the subtle art of rap album structure.” (Via Ronald)
  16. A very good luck at the continuing transition from owning to accessing music.
  17. A Go-Go’s musical–and in the “We Got the Beat” women? Yep.
  18. Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is selling his San Francisco mansion. Only $13 million USD, too.
  19. Very cruel, France. Very, very cruel.
  20. If you love vinyl, you’ll want to read this.



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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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