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Published on October 4th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Thursday, October 4, 2018

Wikileaks was born on this day in 2006. Good thing? Bad thing? I guess it all depends. And now, music news for October 4, 2018.

  1. The singer of UB40 wants nothing to do with the Brett Kavanaugh controversy. An explanation can be found here.
  2. The woman who inspired Buddy Holly to write “Peggy Sue” back in 1958 has died. Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham was 78.
  3. Let’s take a look at one of the class action lawsuits filed against Ticketmaster over allegations they helped scalpers buy and sell tickets.
  4. Here are eight ways that Hollywood is changing audio.
  5. They’re still fighting over the estate of James Brown, 12 years after he died.
  6. And here are some musicians who are leading the way for AI in music.
  7. Microsoft’s new Surface Pro hardware looks pretty good.
  8. If you’re a drummer, you might find this new device very useful when it comes to improving your playing skills.
  9. Sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll are no excuses for being a terrible person. See?
  10. This guy’s job is to archive everything in Prince’s vault. He’ll be very, very busy for a very, very long time.
  11. Facebook could be hit with a big fine from the EU over its recent data breach. (Via Tom)
  12. The CRTC has blocked a web censorship proposal from some big ISPs.
  13. And on the topic censorship is this weird story about Kidz Bop.
  14. Are your kids watching a lot of YouTube? You might want to read this.
  15. This university has banned clapping. “Use ‘jazz hands’ instead!” What?
  16. This BC punk put an American telemarketer fraudster in jail. Good.
  17. How can Spotify improve the streaming experience? Here are a couple of suggestions.
  18. There have been some arrests in the Rihanna burglaries.
  19. This should be fun: a novel that’s a satire of Silicon Valley.
  20. Whatever happened to the cast of the movie School of Rock? Let’s take a look.
  21. Another musician is in trouble with an airline.



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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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