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Published on April 12th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Friday, April 12, 2019

The first-ever space shuttle launch happened on this day in 1981 as STS-1. It was Columbia–but we all know what eventually happened there. Moving to music news for April 12, 2019…

  1. A week after this heart surgery, Mick Jagger went for a walk in the park.
  2. Here’s an interesting family dynamic. A black metal musician in Louisana has been arrested for burning three churches. He’s the son of a local sheriff.
  3. The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas is not a fan of streaming.
  4. Amazon employees are listening to us when we speak to Alexa. Discuss.
  5. Ronnie James Dio is going on tour this year. He’s still dead, of course, but his hologram is just fine.
  6. If you like playing games with a musical twist, try this.
  7. The latest “social music app” is Norway’s Requestify.
  8. Some nightclubs have some terrible names. See?
  9. As a radio person, this new technology is a little frightening.
  10. Nanny 1, Spice Girl 0 (or more correctly, -$2.3 million)
  11. Wait: There were plans to move Elvis’ Graceland to Japan?
  12. More proof that music can help people with dementia.
  13. Here’s a history of artists who have not paid their taxes.
  14. SNL is going all-in with K-pop this weekend.
  15. Fun: The most-streamed songs in the UK.
  16. Why do people listen to podcasts? Why do they avoid them? Here are some answers.



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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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