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Published on April 27th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Friday, April 27, 2018

Today is the 36th birthday of the computer mouse. My carpal tunnel syndrome is not celebrating. And now, some music news for April 27, 2018.

  1. This Mexican rapper admits to dissolving students’ bodies in acid.
  2. Is Google Play Music going away? No, but… (More here, too.)
  3. Did Kanye’s pro-Trump comments cost him 10 million Twitter followers within minutes? That’s the claim–but it’s not true.
  4. Trump’s people are using Kanye’s support to raise money.
  5. Bono vs. Justin Trudeau.
  6. This is good: How professional bands get ready for a tour.
  7. Want to instantly be a rave DJ? Check out Rave.DJ (via Andrew)
  8. Into the Rolling Stones? Check out this upcoming 15-disc vinyl box set.
  9. A good legal point: Can you copyright a drum beat?
  10. What’s it like to do live sound for Liam Gallagher? Loud. VERY loud.
  11. Japanese pop stars can be very good at apologizing. And the dude really did need to apologize.
  12. This is why streaming will never replace vinyl.
  13. And speaking of which, it’s the younger demos that are leading the vinyl resurgence.
  14. Why is Apple’s HomePod turning into a flop?
  15. Radio in the car: The industry needs to reassess what’s going on in the dashboard. (You should read this, too.)
  16. How a loud noise shut down stock markets in northern Europe.
  17. Amazon has just released a smart speaker just for kids.
  18. SONOS may be preparing for an IPO.
  19. If you still pine for the days of disco, click here.
  20. Is this crocodile wearing headphones? No. Those are snails.
  21. This Freddie Mercury biopic is looking good.



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About the Author

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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