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Published on November 18th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Saturday, November 18, 2017

On this day in 1963, the first push-button telephone went into service. And in music news for November 18…

  1. The Tragically Hip was officially appointed to the Order of Canada yesterday. (Gord received his pin back in the summer.)
  2. Here’s a quick history of Black Friday (infographic).
  3. Another smart speaker is on the market, this time from China’s Baidu.
  4. Tidal’s apps can now directly control your SONOS system.
  5. If you’re a financial wonk, here’s how things could look for Spotify when it comes to their IPO.
  6. Is this is the future of the game show?
  7. Jack White’s Third Man Records now has its own version of Beats headphones.
  8. The Weeknd earned $92 million US in the last year. Wow.
  9. Drake has a new deal with a cryptocurrency company.
  10. Smart: There’s a Toronto seminar for music industry people on dealing with overdose prevention. Register here.
  11. Can music be rock’n’roll without guitars? This article says “yes.”
  12. Neil Young seems to have seen the light on streaming, especially when it comes to his archives.
  13. Pearl Jam’s Let’s Play Two documentary/concert film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
  14. This Tom Petty lakeside house is for sale. Interested? Go here.
  15. Someone stole a 19th-century violin from a home in Montreal.
  16. Here are seven music legends that were brought back from the dead.
  17. Here’s a list of super-weird cover bands.



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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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