Random Music News for Friday, January 19, 2018

The first-ever PC virus that targeted MD-DOD, Brain, was released into the wild on this day in 1986. Which reminds me: gotta do a deep scan today. And now, some music news for January 19, 2018.

  1. The Barenaked Ladies will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame the Juno Awards in March.
  2. Apple is going to build a second campus somewhere in the US AND spend another $350 billion.
  3. Meanwhile, it’s rumoured that Apple has received the first shipments of the long-delayed HomePod.
  4. Is Johnny Depp planning to join Marilyn Manson’s band? He could use the money…
  5. This man just found out that the Cranberries’ song “Zombie” was actually about his son.
  6. When we finally get self-driving cars, what will it mean for radio? Maybe this.
  7. A memoir from the Beastie Boys is coming this year.
  8. Which YouTube videos have had 10 billion views or more? Glad you asked. Notice that nearly half of them are music-related.
  9. Here’s a musical gizmo that solves a problem that no one has ever had.
  10. Drake has expanded his partnership with the Toronto Raptors.
  11. Now that the Islamists are out, Timbuktu is singing again.
  12. An indie band got 79,000 plays on Spotify–and then they were banned for life.
  13. If you’re ever invited over to Justin Timberlake’s house for dinner, you may be served bugs.
  14. Speaking of JT, you gotta wonder if Prince would approve of this. Probably not, right?
  15. The new rules about sex in pop music: how we got here.
  16. Ever hear of Fit Radio? They’ve got problems now.

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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