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Published on March 11th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Friday, March 11, 2016

It was five years ago today that an earthquake hit Fukushima, creating the second-worst nuclear plant disaster of all time. And on a cheerier note, music news!

  1. Surveillance video of the car crash death of all the members of British indie band Viola Beach seem to indicate that it was deliberate. (Or maybe not.)
  2. Sonos is laying off staff so it can “invest in the future of music.” (By the way, I have a Sonos system in my house and I LOVE it.)
  3. And don’t worry about SoundCloud shutting down. A top exec assures us that this will not happen.
  4. John Lennon’s bisexuality. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
  5. Coleman Hell, Scott Hellman, Whitehorse and Dear Rouge have confirmed as Juno performers on April 3.
  6. Free streaming seems to be killing music retail in France.
  7. Napster co-founder Sean Parker wants people to pay $50 to rent a movie for 48 hours. No, that’s not a typo.
  8. The New Music Cartel aims to dominate hip hop.
  9. This is a REALLY old-school take on New Order’s “Blue Monday.” (Via Pamela Chelin)
  10. Oh, Fiddy
  11. Oh, Biebs… (Via Tom)
  12. This is not the radio industry I grew up in. I’ve heard of cash for airplay, but sex for airplay?
  13. This is Michael Jackson’s daughter. My, how they grow up.
  14. Things continue to be ugly on the domestic front for “American Pie” singer Don McLean.
  15. A Thin Lizzy fan? There’s a new biography of Phil Lynott.
  16. Well, this Adele fan’s life isn’t going to get much better than this.
  17. Looking for some good music books to read? Start here. (Tom again)



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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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