Random music news for Friday, January 3, 2020

It was on this day in 1977 that a company called Apple Computer was incorporated. What will we remember about January 3, 2020?

  1. Ticketmaster and Live Nation believe that concert tickets are too cheap. Discuss.
  2. Still reviewing the music of the last decade? Then you’ll want to read this.
  3. There is a Depeche Mode-themed barber in Wales.
  4. Streaming now accounts for 80% of the US music market. Wow. It’s really a streaming world now.
  5. The Internet Music Archive is in the process of digitizing more than 100,000 vinyl records.
  6. Teslas now come with a music-making app. Just not while you’re driving, okay?
  7. It just won’t stop. There’s now a Navajo version of “Baby Shark.”
  8. Bongo drum nuisance.
  9. Sabaton: Heavy metal for military historians.
  10. For some reason, Gene Simmons puts ice cubes in his cereal. Now you can go on with the rest of your 2020.
  11. What’s a “sound credit?” It’s a good idea, that’s what.
  12. It sounds like it really sucks to be a K-pop star.
  13. R Kelly’s problems are only going to get worse. Here’s why.
  14. Could the 2020s actually be a brilliant time for art (including music)? Some people think so. Here’s why.

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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