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Published on April 3rd, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, April 3, 2018

[NOTE: I’m on vacation this week, so there will probably be fewer postings than usual. – AC]

Eight years ago today, Apple released the first iPads. Zooming up today, here’s what we have for music news on April 3, 2018.

  1. Sad but necessary: Coachella is taking precautions against mass shootings at this year’s events.
  2. Jack White debuted at #1 on the US Soundscan charts by selling 120,000 physical copies of Boarding House Reach. In today’s environment, that’s pretty impressive.
  3. Mind you, it was also possible to make the top 10 in US Soundscan last week by selling just 7,000 copies. You could make the top 200 by selling just 775 units.
  4. What’s the future of Linkin Park? Mike Shinoda isn’t sure.
  5. Meanwhile, would you like to buy some of Linkin Park’s gear? A bunch is going up for sale.
  6. Like Internet memes? Then you must read this.
  7. When birds mate, the couple’s songs become sweeter over time.
  8. The movie 2001: A Space Odyssey turns 50 this year. Here’s a cool story about the Canadian voice of the HAL 9000 computer.
  9. Got an Alexa-powered smart speaker? What’s it listening for?
  10. Gwen Stefani is reportedly launching a line of cosmetics.
  11. Well, this is a dramatic way to end a radio career.
  12. How about a 24 hr radio station headquartered in a pub? That probably makes for some interesting programming.
  13. This is quite the tour for 90s kids: Bush, Stone Temple Pilots and The Cult.
  14. Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band got his stolen guitars back.
  15. If you haven’t seen the John Oliver takedown of Sinclair Broadcasting, you need to watch this.
  16. The members of Yes are going to lead a prog rock cruise next year.
  17. Amazon Music is going to delete a whack of MP3s on April 30. You might want to read this.
  18. Meanwhile, Amazon’s music streaming service is doing very well. No wonder they want to get out of the MP3 business.



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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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