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Published on April 8th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Saturday, April 8, 2017

It was on this day in 1974 that Hank Aaron slugged his 715th home run. And now, the music news.

  1. Some HMV stores will close for good at the end of the business tomorrow. All the others will close on the 15th.
  2. Canadian Music Week is coming up fast. Here’s a preview.
  3. Interesting stat: almost half of the artists with a song on the Billboard Top 40 in since 1955 have had only that one hit.
  4. Are we coming to the end of free streaming? Maybe.
  5. Google just launched a streaming service in India that costs $1.85 CAD/month. Hey, local market conditions, you know.
  6. Are you addicted to your smartphone? Better read this just in case.
  7. Here’s a brief (but interesting) history of metal in Asia.
  8. Well, this is an interesting song for Beck to cover. (Via Michael)
  9. Test your knowledge of “the” bands.
  10. Tunisia has sentenced a British DJ for creating a remix of the Muslim call to prayer.
  11. Why authoritarian rulers attack the arts.
  12. John Cleese on political correctness: This is quite brilliant.
  13. Prince has been gone for almost a year and we’re no closer to settling his estate.
  14. Apple’s former iPod chief has now designed the most advanced first aid kit ever.



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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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