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Published on February 2nd, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Saturday, February 2, 2019

Spare me the Groundhog Day references. I get it. Spare me the Groundhog Day references. I get it. Spare me the Groundhog Day references. I get it. Spare me the Groundhog Day references. I get it. Spare me the Groundhog Day references. I get it.

Here’s music news for February 2, 2019.

  1. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  2. How did playing the Super Bowl halftime show get so messy? It’s nuts, really.
  3. Pink Floyd man Roger Waters wants Maroon 5 to take a knee during their Super Bowl halftime performance. Won’t happen, of course.
  4. Meanwhile, Adam Levine says that “hate always comes” to those who perform at halftime.
  5. A fan of Super Bowl halftime show outfits? Look at this.
  6. It looks like Spotify wants to get deeper in the podcast world with a possible acquisition.
  7. Wait: Has Michael Anthony decided to join Van Halen for an original line-up reunion? (Via Tom)
  8. SLAYER fans are worried that Nickelback might follow through with recording a SLAYER covers album. (Tom again. He’s very unhappy about this.)
  9. Ace Frehley’s girlfriend says that KISS tried to have him killed back in the 70s.
  10. Is Spotify wiping out music’s middle class? That’s one theory.
  11. Meanwhile, Spotify has postponed its debut in India.
  12. Sony has reported 2018 revenue of $3.9 billion US of which $2.02 billion were from streaming. Yes, that’s more than half. Physical sales were down 22.3% from 2017 while paid downloads were softer by 18%.
  13. Here’s a good interview with Seymour Stein, the founder of Sire Records.
  14. A David Bowie biopic? It’s coming. His son isn’t happy. Nope. Not at all.
  15. But it’s underway. An actor named Johnny Flynn has been signed to play Bowie.
  16. If the movie does happy, we might hear about Bowie’s fear of going insane like his brother.
  17. Still with Bowie, the BBC once thought he had ZERO personality.
  18. Back to rock biopics: Here’s why they’re so hot in the film industry right now.
  19. And if you were ever into infamous English curmudgeon Mark E. Smith, you need to read this.
  20. Ten bands with siblings at war.
  21. Remember the TV show Soul Train? There are some dark stories behind its host, Don Cornelius.
  22. Speaking of dark, The Specials’ Terry Hall has opened up about the time he was abducted by a pedophile ring when he was 12.
  23. 7-11 vs loiterers: Bring out the sonic weapon!
  24. Okay, so it was a fake Harry Styles tattoo. Let’s move on. We’re done with this.
  25. Want to know more about the breakup of the Beatles? Read this.



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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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