Random music news for Friday, December 20, 2019

The jet age began on this day in 1957 when the Boeing 707 made its first flight. Fast-forward to music news for December 20, 2019…

  1. What are the chances of Tekashi 6ix9ine making it through his two years in prison? Yeah, I know.
  2. BTS is getting on board with Formula E (i.e. all-electric race cars) as a way of bringing attention to climate change.
  3. Spotify has a new music discovery function called “Tastebuds” which puts you in touch with what your friends are listening to. (Cool pun on the name, huh?)
  4. Pusha T is opening a ramen bar. Why not?
  5. R Kelly says he’s not guilty. Did you expect him to say anything else?
  6. Rapper Juice WRLD may be gone, but his estate is still being sued by Yellowcard for plagiarizing a song.
  7. There’s a reason behind this new slanted (13-degress) toilet. I like it.
  8. It looks like it could be a rough year for the ticket industry in 2020. The US Government has a few questions.
  9. Your laptop. Eww.
  10. This could be very good for people who want a smart home that just works.
  11. Just when you thought you had all the rock figurines you needed, there are these. (Via Tom)
  12. Keef: Not dead yet.
  13. The fallout from the unexpected death of Cars singer Ric Ocasek is still pretty messy.
  14. Mark Anthony’s 120-foot yacht went up in flames at a Miami marina.
  15. Okay, this is pretty clever.

Alan Cross

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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