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Music News Week in Review: June 16 Edition

As you crawl out of bed on a Saturday morning, wipe your sleepy eyes, grab that first cup of coffee, and sit down to scan the Internet, what’s the first thing you want to see? Of course, it’s a collection of music news headlines that you might have missed during the week! We know this to be true, and that’s why we create this special Music News Week in Review post just for you.

Here are a few stories we spotted during the week that might be of interest to you. You’re welcome.



In an ironic twist, NME is reporting that an unofficial cover version of Maroon 5’s latest single “Payphone” is set to reach the UK Top Ten before the original version is even officially released. The Maroon 5 version (which features Wiz Khalifa) has been receiving plenty of radio airplay (and is currently #3 on Billboard’s Top 100) here in the U.S.), but won’t be officially released for sale in the UK until tomorrow, June 17. Meanwhile, a cover of the song by a band called Precision Tunes is available for sale in the UK, and was already at #14 on UK sales charts at the last update. Of course, this doesn’t really mean the “unofficial” version is more popular than the original—just that it is available to a hungry public, while the original is not. Guess people don’t want to wait for the real thing…



Back in 2009, a female student of Virginia Tech was murdered after a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, VA. This week, the band officially joined the effort to identify and capture the murderer by releasing a public service video (below). The band has also offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Officials believe the suspect is still a danger to others, as DNA evidence from the deceased has linked him to at least one other attack on a female. Metallica’s reward is in addition to the $100,000 already being offered by Jefferson Area Crime Stoppers.




The death of one Frances Preston this week from congestive heart failure would be lost on anyone outside the “biz”, but music industry insiders are mourning her loss this week. A Nashville native, Frances Preston was the president and CEO of publishing rights organization BMI from 1986-2004,and served with the organization in various other capacities for nearly 50 years. Preston was for many years considered one of the most powerful and influential women in the music business, viewed as a mentor to some of the biggest musical artists in the world. During her tenure, she helmed BMI to its peak level of success as an organization, collecting a record amount of royalties for its constituents. Preston was also a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, and a recipient of the National Trustees Award by the Recording Academy. She was 83.




For folks who can’t get enough of 80’s New Wave, Blondie and Devo are fixing to give fans their fill of it. The two bands recently announced that they will be co-headlining a 13-date tour (nicknamed the “Whip It To Shreds” tour) which will blitz mainly cities in Washington State, California, Texas and Florida starting September 7. Said Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh in a statement, “We are looking forward to performing alongside Blondie and swapping costumes backstage.” Ah, the 80’s. (Tour dates are below, if you’re interested.)


September 7 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle

September 8 – Ridgefield, WA – Sleep Country Amphitheater

September 10 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre

September 11 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery

September 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre

September 14 – Citrus Heights, CA – Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion

September 15 – Newport Beach, CA – Taste of Newport

September 18 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

September 19 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center

September 21 -Tampa, FL – Stadium Green Iguana

September 22 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

September 25 – Carmel, IN – The Center for the Performing Arts (The Palladium)

September 26 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre


That’s it for this week’s edition of Music News Week in Review. Have a great Father’s Day weekend.


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About the Author


David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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