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Published on February 16th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Thursday, February 16, 2017

Woke up in Perth, Australia, this morning. Fed some kangaroos. Posed with a wombat. Took a selfie with a koala. And now, the music news…

  1. Speaking of Australia, by the time you read this, Midnight Oil may have already announced their reunion.
  2. More Oz: Axl Rose was denied a police escort in Melbourne.
  3. Maybe it has something to do with his Spinal Tap moment.
  4. Nickelback got into a brief Twitter war with Arnold Schwarzenegger. It ended well.
  5. Mick Jagger says he has no memory of writing his memoir. Good thing his publisher has a copy.
  6. This new lawsuit against Netflix, SoundCloud and Vimeo shows why the US patent system is broken and exploited by trolls.
  7. Daft Punk is ready to launch their own Snapchat filter.
  8. Prince may be on Spotify, but Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Thom Yorke still aren’t (even though Radiohead is.)
  9. Meanwhile, Spotify is moving into new HQ digs in New York and preparing to hire 1,000 more employees.
  10. Carlos Santana said he didn’t mean what he said about Beyonce.
  11. This is good: How in-ear monitors can help or hurt an artist’s performance. (And Adele would know.)
  12. Skype not doing it for you? Amazon’s new service is called Chime.
  13. Canada turns 150 this year. Here are some of the music events that we’ll see.
  14. This radio station in Syria is fighting militants by broadcasting chicken sounds.
  15. What do the Cleveland police want with Justin Bieber?
  16. Yes, Lady Gaga was actually singing during her Super Bowl performance.
  17. F*ck this guy.



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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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