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Published on March 16th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Friday, March 16, 2018

Mississippi finally ratified the 13th Amendment, which deals with the abolishment of slavery. It was March 16, 1995. Wow. And in music news for March 16, 2018…

  1. Spotify will go public on April 3. Its current valuation is $20 billion USD–but we’ll see, won’t we?
  2. Maybe the protest song isn’t dead. There’s been a lot of anger in the air at SXSW.
  3. The next big thing for the live audio industry? Something they call “immersive sound.”
  4. There’s a big fight over who owns the name “The Village People.”
  5. Here’s a loving look at the disco era. Funny how time has softened everyone’s look at that time.
  6. A stadium in Melbourne, Australia, is going to ban on-site parking because officials are worried about terrorist attacks.
  7. StubHub, the secondary market ticket seller, has launched an education program.
  8. Spotify is experimenting with some kind of voice control.
  9. Do you play video games using headphones? Then you’ll want to take a look at these.
  10. Metallica is going to auction off some of their gear for charity.
  11. Because you can never have enough Elton John tribute albums, apparently.
  12. Reversing a Lamborghini down a driveway isn’t a Bieber skill.
  13. Interested in the upcoming Spielberg film, Ready Player One? Here’s a taste of the soundtrack.
  14. You wanna know what’s driving streaming globally? Music by indie artists.
  15. Alice Cooper is going to appear in a live network TV version of Jesus Christ Superstar. Take a look.
  16. Neil Young’s work-in-progress sci-fi novel has an insane premise. It’s shit. Literally.
  17. Do you buy printer ink cartridges? This video WILL PISS YOU OFF BIGLY!



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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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