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Published on March 15th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Friday, March 15, 2019

Ides of March, etc. Here’s what you need to know about music news for March 15, 2019.

  1. Newstrike, the Canadian weed company in which the Tragically Hip had a 5% equity stake, has been sold. (Ticker symbol HIP.V)
  2. “Michael Jackson is innocent” posters have been removed from around London after complaints from an abuse survivor’s group.
  3. More on the K-pop sex scandal. This is getting worse.
  4. Do NOT buy this book at this price. Repeat: Do NOT! (Via Mike)
  5. It’s never good when a small affordable recording studio struggles to stay in business. Here’s one such case in Toronto.
  6. This is fun: Back in 1999, a music writer predicted which bands would still be around in 20 years. Let’s review those predictions.
  7. Yes, it looks like Apple is getting to announce a new video streaming service. They’re racing to sign up studios.
  8. A Google gaming console? It looks like it.
  9. We’re back to putting smartphones in blenders.
  10. There’s a new book on Rush coming. Rush Wandering the Face of the Earth is all about the band’s world tours.
  11. The Toronto Raptors’ practice facility has been named the OVO Athletic Centre in honour of Drake.
  12. Lady Gaga just dropped US$23 million on a beachfront place in Malibu.
  13. Jack White’s Third Man Records just turned ten years old.
  14. Gear porn: The most expensive audio equipment in the world looks like this.
  15. IKEA…speakers?
  16. Yes, radio is still alive and well. See?
  17. Fascinating: These are the best times to post anything on social media.



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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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