Random music news for Thursday, October 3, 2019

It was 33 years ago today that I walked into CFNY for the first time. I arrived at 12 noon, the exact moment they had the sod-turning ceremony for the SkyDome. How time flies. On to music news for October 3, 2019.

  1. Donald Trump is now tweeting Nickelback memes. No matter what you may think about them, Nickelback did not deserve this.
  2. A-ha isn’t happy about Donald Trump using their song “Take On Me.”
  3. Apple is removing an average of 260 podcasts today because of technical problems, ones that violate rules or seek to manipulate podcast charts. This is known as “podfading,” apparently.
  4. On the subject of podcasting, try this article: “Podcasting is Radio’s Birthright.”
  5. Ever wonder what happened to those three Claw stages that U2 used for the 360 Tour? One is being erected at an aquarium in Utah. (Via Michael)
  6. An oral history of Lilith Fair.
  7. Toronto has a new noise by-law that could make it rough for some music venues.
  8. Turns out that me and Gene Simmons have exactly the same kidney stone issues.
  9. Gwen Stefani had to sell her Beverly Hills house at a big discount.
  10. How much bigger could K-pop become? There’s still room to grow, apparently.
  11. Yes, you can shatter a wine glass with your voice.
  12. This singing homeless woman has been offered a major label deal.

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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