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Published on July 21st, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Friday, July 21, 2017

Warm? The coldest temperature ever recorded on the planet was on this day in 1983 at Vostok Station in Antarctica when it hit -89.2 C. And now, the music news for July 21.

  1. Canadian artists have some fun with Donald Trump. Hey, I laughed.
  2. And Randy Newman has written a song about Trump’s tiny manhood.
  3. Radiohead finally played Israel, performing their longest set in a decade. They also poked Roger Waters in the eye. Coverage here.
  4. More contemplation of the question “Is classic alternative the new classic rock?”
  5. Ticketmaster is urging the state of New York to legalize the sale of paperless tickets. So much for collecting concert ticket stubs.
  6. Quincy Jones is ready to testify in a case against the estate of Michael Jackson. He says he’s owed $30 million.
  7. Caitlyn Jenner is getting some blowback over her love of Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady.”
  8. Usher settled a herpes case for $1.1 million.
  9. Malaysia has banned the song “Despocito” for being “anti-Islamic” and “porn” even though it’s sung in Spanish.
  10. The “Thong Song” is back. Cue the butts.
  11. Here’s an inside look at the recording of the upcoming Foo Fighters album, Concrete and Gold.
  12. Wanna buy some of Madonna’s underwear? Okay.
  13. Even more KISS restaurants? Yep.
  14. Remember all those ransomware attacks? A radio station in San Francisco was hit–and it hurt.
  15. The story of the unsung artists who helped make Guns ‘N Roses’ Appetite for Destruction the classic it is.
  16. Facebook is making its Groups feature better. This should help with fanclubs.
  17. This “fake artists” thing on Spotify just won’t go away. The latest here and here.
  18. Did you now that U2 is still dealing with a plagiarism lawsuit stemming from Achtung Baby? It’s the case that won’t end.



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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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