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Published on June 14th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Fifty years ago today, the Vatican abolished its official forbidden books list, something that had been around since 1557. And now we can read about all the music news we want and not piss off the pope.

  1. The final, final, FINAL Black Sabbath shows will be in the band’s hometown of Birmingham on February 2 and 4.
  2. Lithuania to Iron Maiden: “Eddie is too scary. What about the children?”
  3. What if Thom Yorke showed up to play in your back garden? It can happen.
  4. Interesting article: “Does Cancon still make sense?”
  5. How would you like to be an announcer for Wal-Mart Radio?
  6. In case you’re all wrapped up in this bogus “song of the summer” thing, here’s more handicapping action.
  7. It was another horrible sales week for music in the US. Paul Simon’s Stranger to Stranger finished at #1 on the SoundScan album chart, selling just 67,000 copies.
  8. Canadian vinyl sales are still running 38.8% ahead of last year.
  9. With WWDC running this week, it’s a good time to ask about the future of the iPhone.
  10. Watch the London Gay Men’s Choir sing for the victims in Orlando.
  11. Filter had to cancel a show in Sweden because of a death threat. What’s wrong with people?
  12. Neil Young wants everyone to know he doesn’t support Donald Trump.
  13. And this Australian man denies killing his neighbour over loud music.
  14. Gene Simmons does something very, very nice for a change.
  15. Big restructuring at Rhapsody/Napster with a bunch of layoffs. How long before they’re sold?



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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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