Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by Alan Cross0
Random music news for Friday, February 22, 2019
Heading out of the hemisphere for a few days, but I promise to keep on top of things with music news. Here’s what’s happening on Friday, February 22, 2019.
- Peter Tork of The Monkees has died at the age of 77. He’d been suffering from a rare form of tongue cancer, but no official cause of death has been released.
- Of course, Donald Trump had something to say about the Jussie Smollett situation. Which reminds me: Did Trump ever tweet about this?
- Spotify is increasing its subscriber lead over Apple Music.
- Now that Samsung has said it will stop R&D and manufacture of new DVD and Blu-ray players, some are talking about the slow death of physical media.
- Now that Samsung has a foldable phone, Apple is working on one, too.
- Props to this guy from Quebec. He’s selling cream soda to American rappers for $200 a box.
- Before the label disappeared forever, EMI was working on a streaming music platform.
- Could that last Guns N’ Roses tour result in a new album? Possibly.
- Alex Lifeson + John Mayall + Jeff Healey = This.
- The Easy-E memorial…bench?
- Michael Jackson’s estate is accusing HBO of a $100 million breach of contract. They’re very unhappy about the Michael-was-a-pedo doc HBO will air next month.
- Meanwhile, in Florida, the prison system is changing digital music providers for inmates. This will wipe out $11 million worth of music legally purchased by prisoners. They are NOT happy.
- Here’s how Ariana Grande managed to conquer the charts.
- So much for the Amy Winehouse hologram tour…
- An executive at Live Nation Productions has been fired, which puts a project by Dave Grohl in jeopardy.