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Published on June 8th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Friday, June 8, 2018

On this day in 1949, George Orwell’s 1984 was published. Back to the future: music news for June 8, 2018.

  1. The new Sonos Beam smart speaker hits the Apple HomePod where it hurts. This looks interesting.
  2. Ticketfly is finally back online after a cyber attack.
  3. In 2007, a woman posted a video of her 18-month-old toddler dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” The legal battle that resulted is finally coming to an end.
  4. Why did Prince swap his name for an unpronounceable symbol, anyway? Here’s the full story.
  5. Music and swimming are helping this survivor of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
  6. More sonic attacks? Apparently.
  7. Is Spotify thinking of licensing music directly from artists? Apparently.
  8. And is there gender bias on Spotify playlists? Apparently.
  9. Now an iPhone app can spot autism? Apparently.
  10. A Bob Marley biopic? Apparently.
  11. Netflix is launching a series with programs base don Dolly Parton songs. I’m already looking forward to the one called “Jolene.”
  12. Tetris is coming back as a music-driven VR game.
  13. A musician and “whale whisperer” is being sued for defrauding people of over $3 million.
  14. See why music is so important to dementia patients? It can offer some real comfort and joy.
  15. Interesting exercise: Type “Radio is” into a Google search and watch what pops up.
  16. That is one BIG organ!
  17. Wait: David Cassidy was lying about having dementia? Why would he do that? Oh.
  18. Stephen Colbert’s diss track against Kellyanne Conway.



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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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