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Published on September 30th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Friday, September 30, 2016

Anyone know of any radio stations that have flipped to all-Christmas music yet? There’s gotta be a couple already. In other music news…

  1. It’s ON! Radioplayer vs. iHeartRadio.
  2. CBS is getting out of radio business. What does this mean for the future of the medium? (Hint: Not much. Radio will endure but in an evolved form. That’s my take, anyway.)
  3. Yeah, it’ll be Lady Gaga for halftime at the Super Bowl.
  4. Abbey Road Studios are now much more than just a recording studio complex.
  5. Bon Jovi’s Ritchie Sambora had a bad, bad night in Australia.
  6. Not music related but fun: Which Simpsons character speaks the most words?
  7. Interesting: “How Grunge Ate Itself.”
  8. Remember that long Kate Bush residency in London a couple of years ago? The live album is on the way.
  9. Provocative on a racial level: “Could Rap Music Be Whitewashed the Way Rock’n’Roll Was?”
  10. I didn’t realize that Gavin Rossdale of Bush also had this job.
  11. Let’s hear it for this still-chugging Commodore 64! (Via Tom)
  12. Tori Amos doesn’t like Donald Trump. What a surprise.
  13. Now Jay Z has a film and TV deal...
  14. …and Beyonce is a now a tech investor.
  15. Why a lot of rappers like Joy Division.
  16. These estates of dead musicians are making TONS of money.
  17. And finally, a jazz rendition of the Donkey Kong theme.



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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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