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Published on June 27th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Wednesday, June 27, 2018

On this day in 1994, Aerosmith became the first major rock band to offer a song for free download. “Head First” took up to 90 minutes to download through one of those old dial-up modems.

  1. The Grammys have expanded the number of nominees in major categories from five to eight.
  2. And the most-Shazamed artist of 2018 so far is…really?
  3. This is also interesting: Only one of Spotify’s top 5 artists of 2018 is American. Here’s the list.
  4. English fans have been warned not to sing anti-Brexit songs during England’s World Cup game with Belgium.
  5. No Glastonbury this year, of course (it’s one of those “fallow years”) but Madonna is set to headline in 2019.
  6. Kenya’s rapping priest has been suspended by the Catholic Church.
  7. A generation of music fans is stressed over student loans.
  8. Adele has begun work on new music. (And then there’s this about her old friends’ judgment on her singing.)
  9. Cher: The musical? Apparently.
  10. Things are rough in Rio de Janeiro’s clubland.
  11. The UK singles chart is going to look a little different now that it includes YouTube data.
  12. Well, this seems a little backward.
  13. Instagram is now worth how much? Wow.
  14. This keyboard will cure your hashtag habit.
  15. It’s SIR Barry Gibb now, thank you.
  16. More research on how music lessons will help your kid later in life.
  17. Here’s important advice on how to create the perfect one-sheet for your band.
  18. Bryan Adams would like to set the record straight about his relationship with Princess Diana.
  19. The Kinks say they’re getting back together, but I’ll believe that when I see it. There’s already dissension.
  20. Elton John is selling his late mother’s house. Want to buy it?



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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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