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Published on February 3rd, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Friday, February 3, 2017

On this day in 1972, a blizzard started in Iran. When it ended seven days later, more than 4,000 people were dead, making it the deadliest snowstorm in history. And now in music news…

  1. This should be a very good summer for Canadian festival acts. Here’s why. [Hint: Sesquicentennial.]
  2. It could be a rough year for Muslim musicians who had plans to tour the US.
  3. Yes, the El Mocambo, Toronto’s iconic music venue, will reopen–eventually. It’s just that renovations are taking a lot longer than expected. It should be ready to go by sometime this summer.
  4. Meanwhile, the people trying to bring back Hugh’s Room have set up a GoFundMe page. They want to raise $90,000 by the end of July.
  5. And on a related note about Toronto venues, here’s why DIY music spaces are so important.
  6. Are live gigs too quiet these days? At least one guy thinks so.
  7. Why it’s risky to call a latte with five shots of espresso a “Tupac.”
  8. Here’s an interesting breakdown of how Sony music made its money in 2016.
  9. Samantha Bee vs. Donald Trump, round…whatever.
  10. Coldplay has thrown its support behind a charity that helps refugees and immigrants.
  11. Drake pulled off a nice rescue with Travis Scott.
  12. Happy 50th, Sire Records! Seymour Stein’s label was/is home to everyone from Focus to the Pretenders to the Smiths.
  13. Josie and the Pussycats are back!
  14. U2 cabaret. Ouch.
  15. Hate ticket resellers? This story won’t help.
  16. Apple has nearly a quarter billion dollars cash. How should they spend it to rule the music industry?
  17. Should Facebook buy Spotify?



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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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