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Published on November 1st, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Thursday, November 1, 2018

The sound you heard at midnight was a bunch of radio stations flipping to an all-Christmas format for the rest of the year. Be prepared to hear “All I Want for Christmas is You” from Mariah Carey. A lot. And now in music news for November 1, 2018…

  1. Kanye West says he’s quitting politics and that people (like Donald Trump) used him.
  2. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift is urging fans to vote against fear-based extremism.
  3. The Beatles have released a new video. Yes, that Beatles.
  4. Universal Music is the last bidder for Big Machine, Taylor Swift’s label. The rumoured number is $300 million.
  5. Toronto could get a brand new planetarium. Does this mean the return of laser rock shows?
  6. Looking for a new podcast? Here are some podcast directories.
  7. These Bose wireless earbuds are supposed to help you sleep…
  8. …and these earbuds turn any smartphone into an FM radio…
  9. …while people who have been demanding a smart speaker for the shower has had their prayers answers.
  10. Wanna buy Frank Sinatra’s Rolls-Royce?
  11. This “introduction to the music industry” course being offered by the BBC looks interesting.
  12. Brexit could mean big, big problems for the British concert industry.
  13. The “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism lawsuit continues. This isn’t ever going to go away, is it?
  14. Despite increasing the number of usual character, Twitter messages remain well under the maximum.
  15. Interesting: Using rap battle etiquette to teach free speech.
  16. Panda love songs. That is all.
  17. No, it’s not okay to dress up in blackface to be Beyonce.
  18. Do you buy this excuse for Gilbey Clarke refusing to join the Guns N’ Roses tour?
  19. And while KISS fans want to see Peter Criss on this upcoming so-called farewell tour, he’s apparently just not up to it.



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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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