Random music news for March 8, 2019

Merry International Women’s Day. In addition to that, we have music news for March 8, 2019.

  1. I wrote this about the current Michael Jackson controversy for GlobalNews.ca.
  2. The Simpsons have pulled their famous 1991 Michael Jackson episode from reruns.
  3. And remember when Jackson’s sister called him a pedo? (Via Tom)
  4. Does anything really believe anything Mark Zuckerberg says about his plans for Facebook?
  5. What happens in the music industry in the wake of the #MeToo movement? Maybe a rise in strong female performers.
  6. Marilyn Manson’s old house is up for sale. If those walls could talk, right?
  7. The Ramones: the musical.
  8. Somali Night Fever. It’s just like it sounds.
  9. There’s now an Ariana Grande-inspired menu item at Starbucks.
  10. More proof that Canadians are paying too much for mobile internet access.
  11. Not music related, but interesting: The man who invented the handheld calculator has died.
  12. Again, not entirely music/radio-related, but this has to do with what’s going with autonomous cars.
  13. More names have been announced for the Woodstock 50 festival.
  14. Alexa can now tell you what song is coming up next. Radio DJs might feel a little nervous about this.
  15. Can streaming ever make up for the loss of physical sales? Let’s examine that here.
  16. The US Supreme Court will rule on whether “used” digital music files can be resold.
  17. A report says 2.4 billion people are now playing mobile games.
  18. If you’re one of the many people who discovered Harry Nilsson through the use of his “Gotta Get Up” from HBO’s Russian Doll, read this.
  19. It’s really, really hard to get tired of this bird-brained music video.
  20. Here’s one of the bravest bands you will ever meet.
  21. Would you go to a concert and listen to the music through headphones? This company is betting that you might.

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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