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Published on July 14th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Thursday, July 14, 2016

The sun threw a hissy fit on this day in 2000, resulting in what’s now known as The Bastille Day Event. And now, some music news.

  1. YouTube says that they put $1 billion into the pockets of creators so people like Taylor Swift should stop complaining. (Via Bobby)
  2. Grammy Award-winning accordionist Walter Ostanek of St. Catharines, Ontario, won $1 million in the London Dream Lottery.
  3. If you’re going to a Guns ‘N Roses show, don’t hold up a “Where’s Izzy” sign.
  4. Is this awkward, Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift?
  5. John Mayer has come out as a Pokemon GO addict.
  6. Interesting that they cancelled a rap concert in Dallas. Is it because Ice-T–the guy who gave us “Cop Killer”–is on the bill?
  7. SONOS has opened a store in NYC. Happy customers such as myself will definitely visit.
  8. Broken Social Scene is working on their first album in six years.
  9. Thank you, Al Jourgensen, for speaking your mind on Donald Trump.
  10. That 82-year-old metal fan is going to join Disturbed onstage.
  11. Peaches provides your NSFW music video with “Vaginoplasty.’
  12. Are people 15-19 getting into radio or not?
  13. Good point: Taylor Swift didn’t become the world’s richest celebrity by selling music.
  14. Spotify has found a way to counter Apple’s Beats 1.



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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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