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Published on March 9th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Barbie Doll made its debut at a toy fair on this day in 1959. And in music news…

  1. A good question: Why are movie soundtracks so addicted to classic rock?
  2. Meanwhile, here’s an assertion that classic rock will never die.
  3. Still on the topic, some of the original paintings used in the 1982 movie version of Pink Floyd’s The Wall are for sale. (Via Tom and Jeff)
  4. Love this story: Courtney Love remains convinced that Marlon Brando was her grandfather. Here’s why.
  5. The PM’s wife pokes fun at her husband in song.
  6. More details on the Bob Marley musical.
  7. If you’re in the Toronto area and into record collecting, the next Downtown Record Show is on Sunday, March 26th at the Estonian Hall at 958 Broadview. Early bird admission (9am) is $25 and general admission (11am) is $5.
  8. KISS is now selling cola (kola?).
  9. Cute: Kids react to hearing Guns N’ Roses for the first time. It starts out well, but then…
  10. Ed Sheeran’s third album has already hit 1 billion views on YouTube.
  11. There’s a new copyright board hearing on streaming rates taking place in the US this week. Musicians, record labels and streaming companies have a lot riding on the outcome.
  12. Should Apple just buy Pandora and be done with it?
  13. Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone will apparently be called “iPhone Edition.” It’ll be introduced in September along with the iPhone 7S, but won’t go on sale until much later.
  14. Wait: Amazon is getting into the music festival business?
  15. Pregnant women should sing to their baby bump if they want a child that cries less.
  16. Who killed Biggie? Twenty years later, we still don’t know.
  17. This Banksy project on the West Bank involving Trent Reznor and Flea is…interesting.



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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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