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Published on April 21st, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Thursday, April 21, 2016

Happy 2,769th birthday, Rome! And now, some music news…

  1. Ireland’s oldest raver has died at age 99. Yes, 99.
  2. Trivia question: Which Game of Thrones character is based on Liam Gallagher? [HINT: It’s a villain. Duh.] Here’s the answer.
  3. Nicki Minaj’s brother pleads not guilty to child rape.
  4. Raffi’s new song teaches kids how to chill. Want to bet some parents will label this meditation-like approach as the behaviour of cults?
  5. If you’re a Guns ‘N Roses fan, you’ll be interested in this documentary on Duff McKagan.
  6. Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness has a new TV show–a drama–set in the south of France. (Via Larry)
  7. Speaking of U2, The Edge’s father passed away at 85. The funeral was held this week. (Larry again)
  8. Alibaba, the giant Chinese search engine, is now into music streaming.
  9. The richest female musician EVER in Britain is…yeah, her.
  10. A musical based on…Cher?
  11. Here’s how Iman and David Bowie kept it together all those years.
  12. And in Gwen Stefani-Gavin Rossdale divorce news, she gets the fashion empire. Well, duh.
  13. Ten songs you wouldn’t expect a choir to sing.
  14. Why is yacht rock making a comeback? Should I get my Pablo Cruise records out of storage?
  15. The time Ayn Rand testified against a musical. Wait–what?
  16. Why does Snapchat have this Bob Marley filter?
  17. Live music is becoming more and more of a luxury. Tickets are just too damned expensive.
  18. Rivers Cuomo’s secret for writing songs for Weezer? Spreadsheets.



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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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