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Published on September 10th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Saturday, September 10, 2016

At least I think it’s Saturday. I started writing this post after a 15-hour flight from Toronto to Taipei. Good wifi at the airport, though. Here’s some music news.

  1. You know those new wireless Apple Airpods? Could they be as dangerous to your brain as the radiation some doctors say come from cell phones?
  2. And speaking of Apple, “iPhone 7” can translate as “iPhone Penis” if you get the Chinese intonation wrong.
  3. Noel Gallagher’s price for an Oasis reunion: $50 million USD. (Via Greggory)
  4. Bono penned an excellent essay on the global refugee crisis.
  5. Spotify’s IPO will be one of the most-watched events during this financial year. But when will it happen?
  6. Why did Guns ‘N Roses finally reunite? I’ll give you 132,000,000 reasons–and counting.
  7. Eurovision will be held in Kiev this year–unless Russian rebels roll in with the tanks, of course.
  8. Another album milestone: REM’s New Adventures in HiFi turns 20.
  9. Some interesting music history: How the Beatles invented the idea of girls freaking out over a boy band.
  10. And speaking of which, 6% of the population of Iceland turned out to see Justin Bieber.
  11. Turns out one of the kids from the Netflix series Stranger Things is a pretty good singer.
  12. AC/DC pinball has adopted VR. Cool.
  13. Our man in space (and the most musical astronaut ever conceived) is at it again, this time with Yes’ Rick Wakeman involving a David Bowie cover.
  14. Here’s a great story about Freddie Mercury when he was in a band at age 12. (Via Warren).
  15. Coldplay just landed a prestigious gig in India.



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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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