Random music news for Saturday, April 29, 2023

If you don’t have enough to worry about this weekend, read this. Believe what you will. All of music news for April 29, 2023, is real, though.

  1. Here are 82 million reasons to keep AM radio in cars.
  2. It’s hard to believe that American radio still doesn’t pay artists for airplay. Pretty much every other country in the world does. (They pay the composers but not the artists.)
  3. And one more: The Radiodays confab is part of Canadian Music Week. Radiodays runs June 8-9 and deals with everything from radio to audio to podcasts. A preview here.
  4. Classic Albums Live is celebrating a big anniversary.
  5. Rivers Cuomo of Weezer wants to write a musical and he needs your help.
  6. In case you had your hopes up, Noel Gallagher says there won’t be an Oasis tour next year.
  7. Besides, Noel’s still bitter about Friends ruining music sales. Wait–what?
  8. Ex-Fugees rapper Pras Michael has been found guilty in some kind of influence scheme involving the Chinese government.
  9. Well, that was…odd.
  10. CD sales are hot at these London, Ontario, record shops. Here’s why.
  11. Another biopic for Little Richard.
  12. Alien radio signals. Probably.
  13. This band’s challenge to AI: Can AI do a better job of re-recording of one of the group’s previous albums? Sounds like an ol’ John Henry vs. steam shovel battle. Who wins? Human or machine? You be the judge.
  14. How about pop hits covered in the style of Donald Duck? You’re welcome.
  15. Kenny G’s house is for sale in Studio City CA. Just US$7.5 million.
  16. Meanwhile, this Drake pile is going for US$62 million.
  17. Drummer Carl Palmer is recovering from heart surgery.
  18. No thanks. Is there really any use case for these headphones? (Rick J)
  19. I had no idea that Chainsmokers were into high finance.

More music news? Check here.

BONUS: Everything about this pizza commercial came from AI. It’s got a ways to go.

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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