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Published on April 17th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

It was a big day in space history on this date in 1970 when Apollo 13 made it back to Earth. Moving on to music news for April 17, 2019, we have this.

  1. There are people who believe that podcasts could be bigger than music streaming.
  2. The fire brigade captain who ran into Notre Dame to recover holy relics is the same guy who helped victims of the Bataclan massacre.
  3. R Kelly is in deep financial trouble.
  4. Russell Simmons, a co-founder of Def Jam Records, continues to have #MeToo issues. One of his accusers says he’s hiding in Indonesia.
  5. Microsoft is said to be working on their own version of AirPods-style earbuds. The code name is “Morrison.”
  6. Taylor Swift’s stalker has been jailed for four years.
  7. Neil Young is coming out with a third book. Called To Feel the Music, it’s about his struggle to bring high fidelity back to the masses.
  8. What’s it like to be a bouncer at a famous club? This.
  9. And what’s it like to be a female roadie on a bus full of dudes? This.
  10. There are more rumours about an AC/DC tour featuring Brian Johnson back as the lead singer.
  11. Aretha Franklin has been posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
  12. Bored? Try this thing with your favourite song lyrics and see what comes out.
  13. Nick Cave thinks that “maybe rock needs to die for a little while.”
  14. Remembering the wretched awfulness that was Woodstock 99.
  15. Here’s more on Friends: The Musical. Yes, it’s based on the TV show.
  16. Rappers vs. Fox News’ Laura Ingraham re: Nipsey Hussle.
  17. How about a three-necked guitar? (Via Danny)



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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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