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Published on August 21st, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Monday, August 21, 2017

It’s a new week. What sort of Trump craziness will ensue? (Notice how he conducts his administration like a TV show? Something weird always seems to happen on Friday with the implicit message being “Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion on Monday! And then things will go batshit again!” And now, the music news for August 21.

  1. Aretha Franklin is thinking about getting into the club business.
  2. Liam Gallagher and James Corden aren’t going to be buddies anytime soon.
  3. it’s last call for Big Ben bongs for about four years.
  4. Country singer Charle Daniels likes Confederate monuments and statues just the way they are. He compares taking them down to ISIS destroying ancient ruins.
  5. Beverly Hills High sure has some interesting alumni.
  6. Tommy Lee and his girlfriend sure seemed to like that American Airlines flight.
  7. No Trump at the Kennedy Centre Honours this year. Probably wise, actually…
  8. Tupac’s Hummer was sold for $337,000 USD at auction.
  9. This woman is determined to be a pop star in Afghanistan and she doesn’t care who tries to stop her.
  10. Why haven’t podcasts taken off in Europe? Maybe this is the reason.
  11. The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and Queen guitarist Brian May have both invested in “the world’s happiest cows.
  12. Fans are petitioning to have a Confederate monument replaced with a statue of Missy Elliott. I like it.
  13. When Jay-Z has to move between festivals, he prefers to use a $30 million helicopter.
  14. Got good hearing? You might be on your way to mental health issues. Terrific, right?
  15. The original score written for the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” is up for sale.
  16. Into podcasting? Then 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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