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Published on May 19th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Saturday, May 19, 2018

I just have time to watch the Royal Wedding from an anti-monarchist pub down the street from my London hotel before I have to head to Heathrow. I’ll miss all the drunks following the FA Cup Final, too. Probably for the better. Now some music news for May 19, 2018.

  1. Tom reminds us that today is Joey Ramone’s birthday. Had he lived, he’d be 67 today.
  2. Here are my weekly music recommendations for GlobalNews.ca.
  3. The White House has officially killed the Yanny vs. Laurel debate. See here and here.
  4. Fun fact: The Deadpool 2 soundtrack is the first soundtrack to ever received a parental advisory warning.
  5. More artists are writing songs “in the key of AI.”
  6. And in the not-too-distant future, there will be a #1 song written entirely by AI.
  7. Do you listen to radio? Do you use today’s technology like this?
  8. 50 Cent is now embroiled in a revenge porn suit.
  9. Whatever happened between Queen and Vanilla Ice after “Ice Ice Baby” copied “Under Pressure?” This.
  10. The Barenaked Ladies are getting their own museum exhibit.
  11. These 13 rock and metal bands have been banned by Disney.
  12. Coming soon: A super-fast iPhone charger.
  13. Apparently, Marilyn Manson is a “likable fellow.”
  14. Both Barrack Obama and Elton John really like this obscure band. Never heard of them, but now I’ll have to check them out.
  15. The violinist in the Dave Matthews Band is facing some #MeToo troubles.
  16. ABC News–yes, the news division–is planning a two-hour Michael Jackson special.
  17. The British government continues to look at switching off FM radio stations in favour of digital broadcasting.
  18. More streaming drama for Tidal: Following accusations of fudging streaming results, they’ve launched an investigation.
  19. Have scientists discovered a way to predict whether or not a song is going to be a hit? Maybe.
  20. Want to avoid dementia? Learn a musical instrument as an adult. And you might want to start with this.

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About the Author

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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