Random music news for Friday, March 22, 2019

On this day in 1993, Intel released the first Pentium chips, the first of the new x86 series. They had a clock speed of 60 MHz. Woo-hoo! Moving now to music news for March 22, 2019…

  1. Here’s me talking to the BeachBooster podcast about the upcoming Roxodus Music Festival.
  2. Ozzy’s grandkids sing “Crazy Train” for Grandpa in hopes of making him feel better?
  3. K-pop star Jung Joon Young has been arrested in the expanding sex video scandal.
  4. Vinyl is doing very well in the UK. Still.
  5. Remember alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos? He’s now a gospel singer. His debut is this cover of a song called “Silver and Gold.”
  6. America’s National Recording Industry has inducted more songs. SPOILER: The Internet is outraged that Rick Astley has been overlooked again.
  7. Interested in Japanese rock? This company is trying to raise awareness in Canada.
  8. Here are some oddly specific mood-based playlists on Spotify.
  9. Volvo’s new onboard electronics won’t let you drive drunk.
  10. R Kelly is going to seek permission to leave the US so he can play a show in Dubai.
  11. Here’s a term you need to know about how playlists work–or more specifically, don’t work: dry streams.
  12. Timesuck: Can you channel your inner Bach? Try this Google experiment.
  13. Ex-Clash man Paul Simonen is in quite the divorce fight.
  14. One of the guys from a-ha is selling a sweet home in LA.
  15. The BBC has this big feature on video game music.
  16. This rare Beatles album once owned by John Lennon will probably sell for US$175,000 at auction.

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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