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Published on January 11th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Friday, January 11, 2019

On this day in 1973, the American League voted to adopt the designated hitter rule. Many purists believe that baseball died that day. Beyond that tidbit, I have these pieces of music news for January 11, 2019.

  1. A Canadian distributor of vinyl has gone out of business. This could mean shortages and higher prices in the short term.
  2. Another example of humans being horrible: Following the six-part docu-series on R Kelly’s abuse allegations, streams of his music on streaming services actually went up.
  3. No, this is not Justin Trudeau performing on an Afghan TV talent show…but damn!
  4. This is cool: Every location mention in Beatles songs mapped.
  5. It looks like a guy died of a snakebite at a music festival in Australia.
  6. Fun: A look at the evolution of the iPhone.
  7. Lady Gaga has pulled her collaboration with R Kelly from everywhere.
  8. One out of five Americans now owns some kind of smart speaker. And over a million people have pre-ordered the new Echo Auto.
  9. And Sonos will probably include Google Assistant by the end of the year.
  10. Sony has this new Bluetooth turntable.
  11. It appears that listening to the radio in the car is starting to slip thanks to other options.
  12. The BBC just voted a rapper named Octavian as THE UK musician to watch in 2019.
  13. A collection of Beatles’ records worth $45,000 has been stolen from a home in Ontario.
  14. This is like an episode of Ballers: Ice Cube is trying to put together $15 billion to buy Fox Regional Sports networks.



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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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