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Published on March 14th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Thursday, March 14, 2019

Spring starts next Wednesday at 5:58 EDT. Hang in there. Distract yourself from the last bit of winter with music news for March 14, 2019.

  1. The Internet is now 30 years old. Here are the ways it changed music.
  2. Must read: gender bias in the music industry.
  3. The music industry brought in nearly US$19 billion last year, of which 31% went to Universal Music Group.
  4. Nirvana vs. fashion designer Marc Jacobs, round 2.
  5. Trent Reznor has been announced as the person who will induct The Cure into The Rock and Hall of Fame.
  6. Andrew Ridgely, George Michael’s partner in Wham, has something to say about George in a new memoir.
  7. After twenty years, it’s time to change your on-hold music, don’t you think? (Via Tom)
  8. Spotify has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple in the EU. This could get weird.
  9. From the Department of Duh: “Study Shows That Music is Increasingly Important in Marketing.” Discuss.
  10. Still into the should-we-or-shouldn’t-we listen to Michael Jackson debate? Read this.
  11. There’s also this debate on whether platforms like Spotify should ban Michael Jackson and R Kelly.
  12. Emo nostalgia: It’s now a thing.
  13. There’s a petition to erect a statute to late Prodigy man Keith Flint.
  14. Now THIS is a Led Zeppelin superfan!
  15. A judge refused to reduce R Kelly’s child support payments from US$21,000 a month.
  16. More on this debate: “Can we still listen to Michael Jackson?” (Via Danny
  17. And this: “‘The Simpsons’ Boss Al Jean: Michael Jackson Used the Show to ‘Groom Boys.'” Discuss.
  18. The K-pop sex scandal widens.
  19. Yes, this song is in just about every movie trailer these days.
  20. Weakest use of Garth Brooks lyricsever!



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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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