Random music news for Friday, October 4, 2019

It was 62 years ago today that the Russians freaked everyone out by launching the first Sputnik spacecraft. The space race had begun. On to music news for Friday, October 4, 2019.

  1. No bail for R Kelly. Again.
  2. Kim Shattuck, a member of The Muffs and one-time member of The Pixies, has died of complications resulting from ALS.
  3. A Russian iPhone user has sued Apple saying that is iPhone turned him gay.
  4. Krist Novoselic has come to Nickelback’s defence over Trump’s use of a meme.
  5. Stunning: K-pop band BTS is worth as much to the South Korean economy as Samsung and Hyundai.
  6. How does Amazon Auto work? Let’s take a look.
  7. Rod Stewart crashed this couple’s wedding in Las Vegas.
  8. Speaking of Vegas, MGM Resorts will pay US$800 million over the 2017 mass shooting.
  9. Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes is looking for someone to take over his Manhattan apartment.
  10. Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran wants to build a retreat for “contemplation and prayer” on his English estate.
  11. Michael Stipe will release his first solo single this weekend.
  12. Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine unveiled a new music hall at the University of Southern California.
  13. Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has a memoir coming out. He says it will shock us.
  14. KISS is going to play a show for great white sharks. The sharks will be the audience. Yes, as in the fish.
  15. SLAYER has sold more than US$10 million in merch on their final tour.

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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