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Published on February 8th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Friday, February 8, 2019

The first weekend without football since June. Time for NASCAR. And did you know that the UN has declared today International Scotch Day? I’ll buy that. Here’s music news for February 8, 2019.

  1. A West Virginia metal festival is under siege from a bunch of self-described “bible thumpers” who want Satan’s music destroyed.
  2. The Foo Fighters have announced some special education events for children in the UK.
  3. Is the daughter of Kurt and Courtney about to get a record deal?
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody has now grossed $833 million US globally.
  5. Lenny Kravitz is apparently championship vintage shopper.
  6. How much radiation is your phone emitting? Let’s check.
  7. PledgeMusic has suspended payments to artists. Uh-oh.
  8. Billy Corgan has been reunited with a guitar from the Gish era of the Smashing Pumpkins. It was stolen 27 years ago.
  9. Some 70s-era musicians are suing Sony so they can reclaim song rights….
  10. …and the same thing is happening with artists and Universal. This could be big.
  11. Aerosmith now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  12. After Marshmello’s hugely successful virtual concert in Fortnite, people are going nuts for tickets for his real-world shows.
  13. Kanye has backed out of a deal to buy a condo for Kim. The deal was worth $14 million.
  14. Handy and informative: A secret history of copyright.
  15. Is there room for timeless music in the age of streaming? Let’s discuss.
  16. New survey results say that 88% of adults in the UK still listen to radio.
  17. A fan of Dear Rouge? Look at this.
  18. Spotify has something to say about muting artists.
  19. Apparently, pop stars don’t like albums much anymore.
  20. It used to be a Las Vegas residence was a sign that you’re washed up. Now it’s a sign that you’ve made it.
  21. Wu-Tang Clan shoots down a legendary story.
  22. A British politician, alleged Naziism, a Black Sabbath tribute and a lawsuit. (Via Tom)



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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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