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Random Music News for Wednesday, September 13, 2017

On this day in 1956, the IBM 305 RAMAC computer was introduced, the first machine with a hard disk drive. It had a storage capacity of 5MB(!!!) and was leased to clients for $3200 a month (more than $30,000 in today’s cash.) And now, the music news for September 13.

  1. Spotify now has 150 million monthly users and about 65 million paying subscribers.
  2. Deadmau5 just bought a new car: a McLaren 720S. Wow.
  3. ABBA is going on tour again–virtually, of course.
  4. Mark Hoppus of blink-182 is raising money to help dogs displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
  5. Discogs has launched new sites devoted to books, comics, films and more.
  6. Sinead O’Connor says many of her mental issues date back to the abuse she received from her “possessed” mother.
  7. This new computer interface allows you to compose melodies just by thinking them. Yes, it reads your musical thoughts.
  8. At some point before the end of the year, more people will be accessing the Internet through their smartphones than any other device.
  9. I auditioned the best-sounding earbuds ever here in Singapore. If you can afford it, I highly recommend the 1More four-driver ‘buds. Worth every dollar.
  10. Here comes the first of the all-star hurricane relief benefits.
  11. Not that I endorse sneaking vodka into a concert, but if you had to… (Via Larry)
  12. Interesting: U2’s “You’re the Best Thing About Me” was added to the playlist of 40 alternative stations in the US. That’s a HUGE one-week number, about triple what we saw with “The MIracle (of Joey Ramone).”
  13. Cool: Crate-digging for new sounds across South Africa.
  14. Chances are you’ve never heard Ozzy’s “Crazy Train” covered like this. (Via Greggory)
  15. Here’s an interesting think piece: What if digital music never happened? What if the CD had been a flop?
  16. Why is the richest man in China doing a Michael Jackson dance?
  17. Learn the name Sofi Tukker. They landed a song in an iPhone X commercial.
  18. And here’s another featuring the original members of KISS. Wait–what?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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