Random music news for Friday, February 14, 2020

In case you missed it, the corona virus now has an official name: Covid-19. While you ponder that, here’s music news for February 14, 2020.

  1. Speaking of which, the world’s largest mobile phone conference has been canceled because of Covid-19.
  2. If you need some love songs for today, Spotify suggests these.
  3. Last year, Greg Halpin released a Valentine’s single about an older couple with Alzheimer’s which became something of a viral sensation. He and his songwriting partner Ryan Stotland recently donated $5,000 in proceeds to The Alzheimer’s Society.
  4. Universal Music, the biggest of the major labels, is now making US$11 million a day from streaming.
  5. Ozzy says that he was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s back in 2003.
  6. If you still need a Valentine’s Day gift, Trump’s former press secretary Sean Spicer will record a special message for your sweetie for just US$199.
  7. Robert Smith says that there should be a new Cure album this year.
  8. The “world’s first heavy metal album” is going to get a re-release. And no, I’d never heard of it, either.
  9. Scooter Braun, manager of Justin Bieber, just dropped a US$22 million investment in a CBD operation.
  10. British super producer Stephen Street (Smiths, Blur, Cranberries, etc.) has shared some of his studio secrets.
  11. What, exactly, is “independent music” these days? Well, it depends.
  12. Martin Scorsese doesn’t think much of 21st century music.
  13. The Wu-Tang Clan can’t be happy about this.
  14. Want to make it sound like your recording was made on cassette? Like, degrade the audio? Er, okay
  15. The Backstreet Boys admit that “I Want It That Way” doesn’t make any sense.
  16. Both Rogers and Bell will launch 5G phones March 6 with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G. The service will only be available initially in the downtown cores of Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
  17. Not a good look, Slowthai.
  18. Tommy Lee, college professor. Sort of.
  19. Wait: Gene Simmons once sent in a bomb threat?

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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