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Published on November 14th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Wednesday, November 14, 2018

On this day in 1952, The New Musical Express published the first-ever UK singles chart. Fast-forwarding to November 14, 2018, here’s what’s making music news.

  1. Here’s a touching interview with Freddie Mercury’s mom.
  2. The hottest tech gifts of the year are smart speakers. Then again, so are headphones.
  3. As rumoured, Spotify has launched an app for Apple Watch.
  4. Meanwhile, Spotify’s relationships with the major labels are at a delicate point right now.
  5. Harvey Weinstein’s dream team features a lawyer that both got Diddy and Michael Jackson to walk free.
  6. Celine Dion has a new line of children’s clothing, which is fine. It’s the video that’s bizarre.
  7. Greg “Fritz” Hinz, drummer for Canadian metal band Helix, has been placed in a medically-induced coma after fracturing his skull when he fell off his roof. (Via Tom)
  8. Where is this strange music coming from? It’s really pissing off some people in New Jersey.
  9. As vehicle entertainment systems go, this one from Fiat-Chrysler is next-level stuff.
  10. Jarvis Cocker is working on a Brexit book.
  11. Listen to some behind-the-scenes radio communications between NASA and Apollo 11.
  12. Be it resolved that 1972-74 was the golden age of pop music.
  13. The El Mocambo’s neon palm tree sign is once again hanging above Spadina Avenue in Toronto. As to when the club will reopen…
  14. The UK is getting a global Music Walk of Fame in 2019.
  15. If you’re into podcasting, this article is definitely worth reading.
  16. And so is this article, especially if you’re looking to boost listening of your podcast.
  17. France is wary about the possibilities of another Bataclan concert massacre.
  18. In a band and on a budget? Here’s how one guy created a music video for $300.



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About the Author

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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