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Published on February 28th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Thursday, February 28, 2019

It was on this day in 1954–65 years today–that the first NTSC colour TVs went on sale. As for music news on February 28, 2018…

  1. Vicky Cornell, Chris’ widow, spoke before Congress about addiction treatment and health care reform.
  2. Meanwhile, her wrongful death lawsuit against Chris’ doctor continues.
  3. And then over in Jussie Smollett Land
  4. A new System of a Down album? No…no
  5. R Kelly’s $100,000 bail was apparently posted by a fan.
  6. Michael Jackson’s family continues to lash out over that explosive he-was-a-pedo documentary that will debut on HBO next week.
  7. There is no way we can continue to separate Michael Jackson’s music from his deeds, Discuss.
  8. Songs from Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande have been banned in one Indonesian province because they are “pornographic.”
  9. Tencent, the giant Chinese media company, is thinking about buying half of Universal Music for US$22.7 billion.
  10. Metal glass? Yes.
  11. Beefcake the Mighty has left GWAR. I know. I’m crushed, too.
  12. Spotify has launched in India. The cost: US$1.67 a month. And the Indian version has a perk that the rest of the world doesn’t have.
  13. Pirate radio stations are still a big problem in the US, apparently.
  14. Jimi Hendrix changed the way people thought about the electric guitar. Here’s how.
  15. Bohemian Rhapsody will be released in China, although there will be some problematic challenges for the official censors.
  16. Those same sorts of censors cut Lady Gaga out of the Oscars.
  17. Do NOT play any of these video games.
  18. Sure, this phone has great battery life, but
  19. Like weird guitars? Try these.



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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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