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Published on April 18th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Monday, April 18, 2016

A Kardashian is having a birthday today. It doesn’t matter which one. And now, music news…

  1. I was a guest on the Hogtown Talks podcast. Listen here.
  2. An 18 year-old man was killed in a car crash at Coachella.
  3. There will be a Coachella event in the fall that won’t feature any performers under 70.
  4. Figures from last week say that music sales in Canada are down 21.6% from this point last year. Vinyl? Up 26.2%.
  5. This is a real headline: “Phish drummer obtains protection order against Belfast chimney sweep.”
  6. YouTube/Google has unveiled Foundry, a new initiative designed to develop new musical talent. Interesting. Doesn’t YouTube/Google and the record labels need to negotiate a new licensing agreement this year?
  7. Monday hell: Ranking all the Disney songs from worst to best. (Via Tom)
  8. Five people are dead as the result of bad drugs at an Argentine electronic music festival.
  9. KISS’ Ace Frehley is in the hospital
  10. …and Paul Stanley missed a gig because he required surgery for a torn bicep.
  11. Do NOT make fun of the way Michael Bublé eats corn on the cob.
  12. Run the Jewels had Bernie Sanders introduce them at Coachella. Via video, of course.
  13. The critics are really piling on HBO’s Vinyl. They ask “Can it be saved?”
  14. The Lumineers Cleopatra album debuted at #1 in the US with sales of 125,000.



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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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