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Published on September 2nd, 2015 | by Alan Cross


Random Music News for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

In London for a few days to visit the Vintage.tv people. They’re coming to Canada, you know. In other music news…

  1. If you’ve been to any of the shows on U2’s current tour, here are some cool behind-the-scenes secrets from the band’s chief touring guy, Willie Williams. (Via Larry)
  2. Wait: You mean that a Facebook investment didn’t make Bono a billionaire? (Larry again.)
  3. What’s this about Taylor Swift evicting Gandalf from her apartment? (Via Tom)
  4. Byta: One solution to the problem of missing metadata for digital music files.
  5. Hang on: What does the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have to do with the Polaris Music Prize now?
  6. Travis Barker, he of Blink-182 has a book coming out, but it’s been pushed back to November.
  7. Deadmau5 is rather pleased that the new EDM-themed movie We Are Your Friends is a stiff at the box office.
  8. Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine”: Has a band ever milked a single song so much for so long?
  9. EMI has offered a six-month “sample amnesty.” Here’s what that means.
  10. How well do you know your James Bond theme songs? Take this quiz.
  11. Totally off-the-wall link: How much do you know about Caribbean steel drums?
  12. Madonna’s former place in Beverly Hill is up for sale again. Got $35 million or so?

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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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