Random Music News for Friday, October 13, 2017

The first-ever cellular phone network was launched on this day in 1983. With that out of the way, here’s some music news for October 13.

  1. What REALLY happens when you don’t put your phone into airplane mode during a flight? This. (Hint: Nothing.)
  2. Spotify has a new app for artists so they can track their streams.
  3. Want to see how Eminem’s Trump-supporting fans are reacting to his vicious rap this week? Okay.
  4. Silverchair’s Daniel Johns is up for an award for music in an Australian children’s TV show.
  5. Interesting: Nickelback reunited with their ex-singer at a show in Vancouver.
  6. Diddy wants to buy the NFL. No, really. He does.
  7. There seems to be a movement in the US to start another series of charts to challenge the “official” charts of Billboard.
  8. Amazon’s Alexa can now recognize different human voices.
  9. In another oopsie for Google Home Mini, a key feature has had to be turned off.
  10. The Eagles are prepping an expanded 40th-anniversary edition of Hotel California.
  11. Happily, the world’s largest piano has found a home.
  12. The commissioner of the FCC would like to set Donald Trump straight about the president’s ability to revoke the licenses of TV networks.
  13. Remember the time Trump endorsed Eminem for president. Yes, you read that correctly.
  14. Imagine if this guy was your college dorm roommate. How long would you stand for this?
  15. The science of baby talk. Seriously.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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