Random music news for Friday, April 20, 2018

It’s 4/20. Are you even paying attention to music news today? No, I didn’t think so.

  1. The doctor who prescribed opioids to Prince has agreed to pay $30,000 in fines.
  2. John Travolta’s favourite director is…Fred Durst? (Via Tom)
  3. There seems to be a disparity between the number of alt-rock women making music vs. the number on the radio.
  4. Two Kanye records?
  5. Want to lose your hearing at a music festival? Do this.
  6. Marilyn Manson says he was banned from Coachella. Maybe. Probably. Whatever.
  7. David Bowie subway cards. No, not the sandwich shop.
  8. Are we on the verge of a revival of 90s-style industrial music? God, I hope so.
  9. This German rap album has caused problems at home. You can see why.
  10. Barbara Bush was apparently a big fan of Ozzy Osbourne.
  11. Try to figure out what Walmart is thinking about in regards to the new Stryper album.
  12. Global recorded music revenues were up 8.5% last year. That’s good.
  13. Jared Leto has taken out a restraining order against a crazed fan.
  14. Facebook is now designing its own computer chips? Why?
  15. This new app will livestream music to your fans.
  16. Um, Apple? What’s happening with iPhone sales?
  17. This browser extension will read and grade all those license agreements you get from software companies but never read. It’ll give you warnings before you click “OK.”

Alan Cross

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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