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Published on August 28th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Monday, August 28, 2017

Happy 80th birthday, Toyota Motors! And now, the music news for August 28.

  1. I have it on pretty solid authority that U2 will release a new single on September 12.
  2. Tay-Tay broke part of the Internet with her new single, setting some kind of record.
  3. A Toronto orchestra has closed down after some fat-shaming of singers.
  4. Among the many thousands of things canceled in Texas because of Hurricane Harvey was Friday’s Coldplay show in Houston.
  5. It’s probably just a matter of time before Beyonce gets to do a Bond theme.
  6. Siri can apparently help those with autism.
  7. And you can now pretty much make a full album using just your iPhone.
  8. A rock musical based on Game of Thrones? Yep, it’s happening.
  9. Speaking of which, here’s the guy who invented the language of the Dothraki.
  10. Here’s another story of brain-mapping a tumor while the patient–a musician–plays during surgery.
  11. Somalia is basically a failed state now, but it once had an amazing music scene.
  12. Still in Africa, these Ugandan girls sing and rap about periods.
  13. Cambridge University has a new course that focuses on Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.
  14. How did this ten-year-old song become a hit? Thank a cartoon.
  15. The new Safari browser mutes noisy websites automatically. Chrome may soon do the same. Good. I HATE auto-play.
  16. This guy used to work as Prince’s art director. He’s got stories to tell.
  17. In case you’re anxiously awaiting the new Morrissey album, read this.
  18. Revealed! Shania Twain’s 1997 single, “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” was inspired by nude pictures of Brad Pitt.
  19. Elon Musk was just making a joke about a Tesla streaming service, apparently. But the code is still there.
  20. Would you like to buy Tommy Lee’s house? You can–but there’s a catch.
  21. Liam, Liam, LIam



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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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