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Published on June 5th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, June 5, 2018

It was 50 years ago today that RFK was shot in the Ambassador Hotel in LA. Was there a second gunman? It’s very, very possible. And now, music news for June 5, 2018.

  1. I guess we can assume that Donald Trump won’t be buying the new NIN album, then.
  2. Another casualty of the streaming age: The death of the “intro track.”
  3. Want to take proper photos of your band? Don’t do this.
  4. Don’t want to get sued by Prince’s estate? Don’t do this.
  5. And on the topic of Prince, there’s a festival!
  6. #MeToo insurance is being offered to Australian musicians.
  7. Gibson Guitars has been thrown a $135 million lifeline.
  8. Here are three reasons why new music is released on Friday.
  9. We have books. We have audiobooks. Are audio dramas the next step? Maybe.
  10. Here’s more proof that streaming sites like Spotify are killing the album.
  11. Meanwhile, have you noticed how Spotify changed its volume control to reflect Pride Month?
  12. Is it time we retired the term “world music?”
  13. Are you an emerging Canadian musician? Here’s a chance to win some cash.
  14. Interesting trivia: You could have made the Top 200 Soundscan chart in the US last week by selling just 649 CDs.
  15. This baby’s first word was “Alexa.”
  16. It’s still miserable in Puerto Rico. Bomba music is helping people cope.
  17. These new archives from Neil Young are pretty cool.

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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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