Random music news for Saturday, May 12, 2018

It’s International Nurses Day. Hug a nurse–but ask first. When it comes to music news for May 12, 2018…

  1. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  2. People are still unpacking all the imagery and messages in Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video.
  3. Americans are beginning to realize that Toronto has become a multi-cultural hip-hop mecca.
  4. What to people think about the new data plans offered by Canada’s telecoms? Not much, really, “They suck” is the phrase you hear.
  5. Russian trolls tried to sew discontent and division in America over…Beyonce? Yep.
  6. Kanye had a big retail FAIL in Sydney.
  7. Meanwhile, Rihanna’s lingerie line is getting good attention.
  8. The newest home assistant is Google Home Max. It launches in Canada May 16.
  9. YouTube has made some adjustments to their music charts.
  10. A Hong Kong heiress just bought Sting’s place in NYC for $50 million.
  11. Creepy robots that dance.
  12. Can hackers take control of Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa? Apparently.
  13. Is this the future of album collaborations? Maybe.
  14. Does the Apple Watch portend an iPhone-free future? Perhaps.
  15. Are these the ten most divisive albums of all time? Allegedly.
  16. Are streaming music statistics useless? Possibly.
  17. What is Bastille’s Dan Smith doing with this mystery phone line?
  18. This is the man who dressed the Mods.
  19. Logic is selling his California compound following news of his divorce.
  20. Here’s another story on how promoters are trying to fix the gender imbalance for performers at music festivals.

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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