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Published on November 15th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It was on this day in 1971–45 years ago–that Intel released the 4004, the first microprocessor. Your mobile phone has millions of time more computing power than this thing. Now onto music news…

  1. David Bowie’s friends are planning a series of shows to commemorate what would have been his 70th birthday.
  2. A couple of Toronto city councilors are concerned about condos squeezing out live music venues.
  3. Six weeks or so from Christmas and physical album sales last week were below 1 million for everything in the Top 200.
  4. Just in time for Christmas, here’s an AC/DC Bluetooth speaker.
  5. Soundgarden is streaming a previously unreleased song.
  6. Samsung is buying Harmon for $8 billion US in order to get deeper into the auto market and connected cards.
  7. Not music related but a good question nonetheless: How does The Simpsons keep predicting the future?
  8. Amazon is now going after Spotify in the UK, Germany and Austria.
  9. Rhapsody/Napster just posted a quarterly profit–much to everyone’s surprise.
  10. John Lennon once had some pretty harsh words for Paul McCartney.
  11. REM’s Michael Stipe says he’s ready to return to music.



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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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