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Published on January 17th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Wednesday, January 17, 2018

It was 20 years ago today that the story about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky broke. Remember how big a deal that seemed at the time? No one thought the Oval Office could be more befouled, but… Now some music news for January 17, 2018.

  1. London police say they consider the death of Dolores O’Riordan “not suspicious.”
  2. The Beatles Yellow Submarine movie is going to reappear in theatres for its 50th anniversary.
  3. Jay-Z has now trademarked his own animated character. He’s called “Jaybo.”
  4. This podcast picker may make it easier to find podcasts on topics you like.
  5. Buying a new car? Confused by what’s being offered as part of the infotainment package? You’re not alone.
  6. The widow of the Eagles’ Glenn Frey has sued a hospital alleging the wrongful death of her husband.
  7. A guy who once played bass for the Ataris has been indicted for running a $27 million real estate scam.
  8. Why were so many big tours announced yesterday? Read this.
  9. The Cure is working on a 40th-anniversary documentary.
  10. And we have a release date for the Freddie Mercury biopic.
  11. New research says at least 40 million Americans are now using smart speakers.
  12. You know Nando’s, the chicken place? Their Soho location in London now has a recording studio. Um, sure.
  13. Spotify is getting into the music doc business–kind of. (By the way, my Ongoing History of New Music podcast is now available on Spotify.)
  14. Speaking of Spotify, musicians would be wise to read this article on streaming payouts.
  15. Could this be the look of the next Apple Watch?



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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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