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Published on July 26th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The back-to-school ads are now all over TV. I’m not ready for this. Seriously. After all, it’s only July 26, right? Distract yourself with some music news.

  1. The music industry needs to innovate beyond streaming. But in what direction? And will investors buy in?
  2. The UK has a fund that helps musicians with mental health issues. A great idea, no?
  3. “Despacito” is already the biggest song of the year. Now there’s going to be a Portuguese remix that will make it even bigger.
  4. A new poll in Michigan suggests that Kid Rock could actually win his US Senate race.
  5. If YouTube were a stock, analysts say it would be worth $75 billion.
  6. Facebook has taken another big step towards doing something in the music business with this purchase.
  7. There’s a new Caribbean music festival coming up next year in Barbados. Vujaday is set for April 4-8, 2018.
  8. Did Justin Bieber bail on his tour to form his own church? No, he says.
  9. This is why the possible death of SoundCloud should scare music lovers.
  10. Here’s a big problem with music: too many songwriters and not enough money to go around.
  11. The UK music industry is having a good year. Spending on music is up over 11%.
  12. For reasons that baffle me, Jay-Z’s 4:44 album is going to be released as an old-school cassette.
  13. Facebook is said to be developing a smart speaker with a 15-inch touch panel.
  14. Into vinyl? Here’s a guide on how to best care for it.



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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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