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Published on May 3rd, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Thursday, May 3, 2018

Oh, crap! I forgot to take care of my quarterly HST payment! Sorry, CRA. I’ll do it today. But first, I have to report on the music news for May 3, 2018.

  1. No Kanye news today. I’m tired of him.
  2. Portugal.The Man canceled an appearance on an Australia TV show over a racism controversy that’s been brewing on the show.
  3. Spotify says it now has 75 million paying subscribers
  4. …and Spotify users can now share music in links to their Instagram stories.
  5. Disney is planning to launch a video streaming service for millennials. Yes, Disney.
  6. WhatsApp is KILLING Snapchat.
  7. R Kelly has won an award: “The music industry’s biggest piece of male garbage“…
  8. …which segues into this story of why he canceled a bunch of shows.
  9. One of the “Descpacito” accordion-wielding Toronto subway buskers has been busted. He faces a $235 fine.
  10. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation is starting up a television division.
  11. Keeping the secret of Milli Vanilli.
  12. Arctic Monkeys fans REALLY hate Alex Turner’s beard. There’s a petition demanding he shave it off.
  13. Fans at music festivals can get very weird. See?
  14. A music industry group has officially asked Apple not to stop selling iTunes downloads.
  15. Brian Wilson needs back surgery this month.
  16. An Apple Watch saved a girl’s life by detecting impending kidney failure.
  17. A Holocaust rock opera?
  18. Discogs.com is doing well thanks to the vinyl boom. VERY well.
  19. Taylor Swift sold this place in Beverly Hills.
  20. Justin Timberlake admits to hooking up with a Spice Girl.



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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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