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Published on August 5th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Saturday, August 5, 2017

We’re spending the weekend at my parents’ place, sleeping in my old bedroom. Mom’s happy. And now, the music news for August 5.

  1. Billy McFarland, the promoter behind the spectacular fail that was Fyre Fest, is seeking a plea deal with the feds.
  2. What this weird radio station all about? Some theories are pretty scary. (Via Brad)
  3. Jay-Z and Beyonce are about to buy a $90 million mansion.
  4. Canadian indigenous music is about to enter a whole new phase.
  5. An end of an era: Manny’s Music, the New York music store that sold guitars and gear to everyone from Buddy Holly to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix to the Ramones, is being demolished.
  6. Drake’s flagship OVO store opens today at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto.
  7. Some gold and platinum records were stolen from a Hamilton studio run by Junkhouse’s Dan Achen. In a classy move, Sony, the band’s label, is going to replace them.
  8. Why has Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg hired a Democratic pollster? Is he really thinking of running for president in 2020?
  9. Has YouTube become the new talk radio for the far right?
  10. “Hey, Alexa: Play baby-making music.” And it will.
  11. Wanna buy Tommy Lee’s Jager-approved dirt bike?
  12. Why it’s good that Apple is raising iPhone prices. Wait–what?
  13. Is prog rock the whitest music ever?
  14. This new Kurt Cobain exhibit features some unseen items.
  15. New changes to the Eurovision contest prohibit any entry from being too political.



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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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