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Published on April 27th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Thursday, April 27, 2017

It was on this day in 1981 that Xerox PARC introduced a new computer controller device they called a “mouse,” ushering a new era of user interfaces and carpal tunnel syndrome. And now, the music news for April 27.

  1. Sad: This is the last week of shows at Toronto’s Silver Dollar before it closes for good.
  2. Iggy Pop has presented with France’s highest cultural award. He’s now a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. Just like his old friend David Bowie. And Bruce Willis.
  3. A bunch of musicians won Webby Awards for their videos.
  4. Did a Bieber bodyguard commit a hate crime?
  5. If you look at streaming numbers, Drake is the biggest recording artist in the world.
  6. Gracenote, the music metadata identifier, is now in over 100 million cars.
  7. In a throwback to about 1968, Mattel has issued Beatles-themed Hot Wheels.
  8. In reunion news, look for the (brief) return of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.
  9. Spotify has bought a blockchain company that will match royalties with rightsholders.
  10. This Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack promotion with Doritos is pretty cool.
  11. The Labyrinth soundtrack (featuring David Bowie) is finally getting a vinyl reissue.



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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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