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Published on May 18th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Friday, May 18, 2018

I love this day: the Friday before the beginning of the first long weekend of the summer. From now until 11:59 pm Labour Day, our excuse is “Sorry, dude. It’s summer. Gotta make the most of it.” And here’s some music news for May 18, 2018.

  1. A court has ruled that photos from Kurt Cobain’s death scene will remain secret.
  2. This is a good summary of my talk with Jared Smith, the president of Ticketmaster.
  3. Burton Cummings was involved in a bad car crash in LA. He was injured, but he’ll be fine.
  4. A nice Friday timesuck: What were the biggest songs the year you graded from high school? Check here. (Via Larry)
  5. YouTube has just added songwriter, label and publisher credits to millions of songs. Good.
  6. Got too much money? Then get rid of some of it on this new stupidly expensive iPhone battery case with a solar panel.
  7. Alexa is about to get some new voices
  8. …and Facebook is introducing voice posts.
  9. Adele’s next project might be a musical. Oliver Twist, in fact.
  10. Dave Grohl wants to go all Rush-like. A 25-minute Foo Fighters song? Maybe.
  11. BBC Radio is feeling the challenge of the age of streaming.
  12. Deaf fans are looking for more access at live music events.
  13. Live Nation has established a fund for female-focused live music initiatives.
  14. Can you identify the guitarists who played these famous solo?
  15. A couple of lost Massey Hall windows featuring Bach and Beethoven have been found in a box in the basement. A nice find during the restoration.
  16. This kid is just two years old and he’s already a better drummer than most people.

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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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