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Published on August 1st, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I always start to get nervous when the calendar clicks over to August. Don’t you? And now, the music news for August 1.

  1. Spotify has blown through 60 million subscribers and is adding 2 million new users per month.
  2. So is it any wonder Spotify is probing to see where they can best Apple in areas like podcasts? (Via Andrew)
  3. Who’s the mystery pop star on the new Foo Fighters album? Dave Grohl is teasing this, but doesn’t think we’ll guess.
  4. Have you seen Dunkirk yet? Here’s a cool auditory illusion that the movie uses to keep audiences freaking out. (Via Greggory)
  5. Sinead O’Connor wants to perform at the Mayweather/McGregor fight next month. She’s on Team Connor, in case you’re wondering.
  6. Is Paul McCartney working on a Donald Trump song for his next album?
  7. Who shelled out $109 USD for an Arcade Fire fidget spinner?
  8. Here’s another example of why I like Adele as a person.
  9. MTV is trying something else in an effort to return to its roots. Will this work?
  10. Speaking of which, the Moonman, MTV’s VMA statue, is going to become gender neutral. (Via Tom)
  11. Twitter is testing a $99-a-month subscription plan for advertisers. Will this work?
  12. Is SoundCloud about to be sold to a private equity firm? If so, what will that mean for its future?
  13. Is A Tribe Called Quest about to break up?
  14. How to start your own music festival.
  15. Place your bets on who will play the Super Bowl halftime show in 2018.
  16. Radio as a weapon!
  17. Ever wanted to record a call on an iPhone? Try this thing.
  18. A house where Tupac once lived is on sale for $2.66 million US.
  19. Shades of Spinal Tap. Every Time I Die bassist almost missed a show because he was locked in the bathroom.



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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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