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Published on April 13th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Friday, April 13, 2018

Superstitious? Don’t be silly. But be careful just in case, you know? Here’s what we have for music news on April 13, 2018.

  1. There’s definitely a Tragically Hip song in here somewhere. Oh, wait. There already is.
  2. Naturally, Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in Washington has resulted in a bunch of memes.
  3. Usain Bolt played a DJ gig in Australia this week. He had a great time, apparently.
  4. Ever hear of the streaming site Pure Volume? Doesn’t matter because it’s shutting down.
  5. This “singing road” is really pissing off the neighborhood.
  6. Has Banksy been outside as Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett?
  7. Time for Coachella. Yes, we can talk about the music but some would rather talk about clothes.
  8. Apple Music says it now has 40 million paying subscribers.
  9. Meanwhile, Spotify is really going after radio in the car.
  10. This is getting creepy: What’s Amazon’s Alexa listening for? Everything we say?
  11. Read Bruce Dickinson’s book and learn how to survive throat cancer.
  12. Interesting: some pop superstar acts are really struggling these days. Here’s are some thoughts about that.
  13. Note that Spotify has added social media links and media galleries. Why no link to artist websites, though?
  14. A Chinese dude was arrested when facial recognition technology was used at a pop concert. (Via Tom)
  15. Is it time for a Milli Vanilli biopic? Maybe.
  16. The aging DJ: Still spinning.
  17. There’s a solo album from one of the members of Spinal Tap? Yes–and it’s out today.



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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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One Response to Random music news for Friday, April 13, 2018

  1. Steve says:

    13. Of course Spotify won’t add that. Like other big streamers, they’re too concerned about milking as much money out of users rather than actually supporting musicians’ abilities to sell their own stuff. Musicians are really in a bind; don’t sign on to Spotify, lose potential listeners; sign on and be exploited. Ugh.

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