Random music news for Friday, February 7, 2020

Had a bad day at work this week? Not as bad as this guy. Let’s move over to music news for February 7, 2020.

  1. This Christian activist is going to sue the NFL because the J.Lo/Shakira halftime show endangered his immortal soul.
  2. The night Chris Cornell died.
  3. No, Erykah Badu, NO.
  4. Twenty-five years ago, you’d never have seen Smashing Pumpkins open for Guns N’Roses. But that was then and this is now.
  5. Here’s something that could change ticketing for concerts, courtesy Google.
  6. Madonna is going to sublet her New York apartment to the Harry formerly known as Prince.
  7. This is a fascinating look at musical instruments used by black musicians in the early 20th century that shaped music going forward.
  8. Will AI open up music to new hitherto unknown sounds? Maybe.
  9. Justin Bieber set this record. And he also set this record. Good for him.
  10. Janelle Monae is recovering from–wait for it–mercury poisoning. Too much fish.
  11. Apple outsold the entire Swiss watch industrial with Apple Watch (by sales volume, anyway.)
  12. Here’s a new way to store wireless earbuds: inside a smart watch.
  13. K-pop stars BTS are generating US$500 million a year.
  14. Wanna be a DJ? Take a look at this school.
  15. Shane McGowan of The Pogues is getting a documentary.
  16. Here’s a weird trivia fact about Billie Eilish.

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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