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Published on March 23rd, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Saturday, March 23, 2019

Squirt, the junior English bull terrier in the house, turns five today. Special treats for everyone! On to music news for March 23, 2019.

  1. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  2. Guy Oseary, the manager for acts like U2 and Madonna, has set up a GoFundMe page for the victims of the mosque shootings in New Zealand. It’s going well, too.
  3. Toronto’s Budweiser Stage (formerly The Molson Amphitheatre) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Owners Live Nation have announced some interesting offers and upgrades.
  4. Have you seen Motley Crue’s The Dirt movie on Netflix yet? (It debuted yesterday.) Here’s what the movie left out.
  5. After something of a slow start, vinyl has taken off in Japan.
  6. This 12-year-old has a six-figure record deal.
  7. Fifty-one years after it was shot, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus will come to theatres.
  8. Ratings for Fox’s Empire have hit an all-time low. Blame the Jussie Smollett situation.
  9. Very handy: Vinyl albums that will really show off your stereo system. (Via Pierre)
  10. How much do songwriters get paid for streaming? Well, it’s complicated. Very, very, very complicated. But this article simplifies everything.
  11. Nominations are open for the 2019 Canadian Indie Awards. Go here.
  12. Cool: This ball is a self-contained portable recording studio.
  13. A new report says that on a global basis, more people now have streaming video subscriptions than cable. However, cable still brings in way more money.
  14. The K-pop #MeToo sex scandal continues to engulf South Korea.
  15. Emo in the 2000s: It wasn’t healthy. Discuss.
  16. Why is The Who not playing the 50th anniversary Woodstock Festival? Seems like a strange omission…
  17. UK music venues continue to grapple with high costs. This new announcement is not good.
  18. When is a band reunion not an actual reunion? Good question.



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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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One Response to Random music news for Saturday, March 23, 2019

  1. Jer says:

    Just read the book from the Other Alan Cross…
    Nothing is Real: The Beatles Were… David Hepworth
    Pop stories and where the came from…
    Has there been a OHNM blog/ post on influential Music books (written by, for/ against, on, with New Music Greats)?

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