Random music news for Friday, March 9, 2018

The Barbie Doll made its debut on this day in 1959. Over a billion sold. And as for music news on March 9, 2018…

  1. Madonna and Kim Kardashian, together at last.
  2. Axl Rose doesn’t think much of Apple CEO Tim Cook.
  3. Is Apple working on a cheaper version of HomePod? Maybe.
  4. And will Apple buy Snap? That’s the speculation.
  5. This report says that nearly 44 million people in the US have “access to a smart speaker.”
  6. This rapper says he’ll shut up forever in exchange for $2 million and a puppy.
  7. Here’s a different look at the benefits (or lack thereof) of Record Store Day.
  8. Do you have a Spinal Tap fantasy? Check this out.
  9. Spotify is launching an anti-fraud squad to cut down on bot scams.
  10. And auto-mixed Spotify playlists? Possibly.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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