Random music news for Friday, February 21, 2020

Larry Tesler has died. Who’s he? You’ll probably have cause to remember him today. He’s the guy who invented cut, copy, paste. Switching subjects to music news for February 21, 2020…

  1. Can’t focus on a Friday and just need to get your work done? Try some of these playlists.
  2. This sounds interesting: A death metal fitness class. I’d do one of those.
  3. Neil Young vs. Donald Trump. Again.
  4. Well, that’s certainly an interesting branding exercise
  5. Lost track of all the bands that have united so far in 2020? Here’s a list.
  6. Interesting bifurcation of podcast interests: Spotify listeners prefer comedy while Apple’s like news.
  7. Speaking of Spotify, hacking and hijacking of accounts is on the rise. Here’s how you can tell if your account is being used by someone else.
  8. More Spotify: They’re testing real-time lyrics.
  9. Should you really be doing that, Tyga?
  10. A Bluetooth…candle?
  11. The things you see on the London Underground…
  12. And here comes the creepy Whitney Houston hologram tour.
  13. Matt Healy of The 1975 played with Green Day when he was 13. Wait–what?
  14. Speaking of The 1975, they were behind this digital detox hoax. You can see the follow-up here.
  15. This dog with rock star hair has 12,000 followers on Instagram.
  16. How big is BTS? Big. REALLY big.
  17. “Take on Me” by a-ha has just passed 1 billion views on YouTube.
  18. Could this be the next Fyre Festival? Let’s hope not.

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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