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Published on August 17th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dammit, Microsoft! You updated Skype and now I have to update a bunch of other stuff to make it work again. This. Is. Annoying. And now, the music news for August 17.

  1. Spotify has removed tracks from a bunch of white supremacist groups.
  2. Lady Gaga has agreed to hand over some Kesha texts that have something to do with the Dr. Luke case.
  3. Bon Jovi has reached a deal with PETA over his clothing line. No more leather.
  4. Technology is great, but it’s made us MUCH more impatient. See?
  5. How the KGB infiltrated classical music. Wait–what?
  6. Wu-Tang’s Wu Wear is about to make a return.
  7. Manchester Arena will reopen following that horrible bombing with a charity gig next month. Noel Gallagher will headline.
  8. Want to talk to elephants? This new tool turns human phrases into elephant calls.
  9. This woman can taste words and phrases. (The word “left” tastes like McDonald’s french fries.) Scientists are most curious.
  10. Apple might spend up to $1 billion on video over the next while.
  11. Free phone calls with your Google Home smart speaker? I gotta try this.
  12. Elvis was a big Star Trek fan, apparently.
  13. Producer Butch Vig says that producing albums is 50% psychology.
  14. Amazon’s Alexa is apparently set to debut in Canada in November. Meanwhile, the company is paying developers to work on Alexa’s musical abilities.
  15. Looks like social media influencers are starting to drift away from Snapchat.

 




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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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