Random music news for Friday, May 6, 2022

Why are gas prices so stupidly high? This video helps explain it. Once you’re done with that, let’s move to music news for May 6, 2022.

  1. Testimony has begun in the sexual assault trial of Jacob Hoggard of Hedley. The testimony has been damning.
  2. Major labels own up to 87% of the tracks on major Spotify playlists.
  3. Still with Spotify, it’s testing the idea of “pre-saves” with the new Florence + The Machine album.
  4. Psy is back with a new video set in the American old west. Wait–what? (Via Rick)
  5. This radio DJ died while on the air.
  6. It really looks like TikTok is morphing into a record label.
  7. Rapper Kidd Creole (not to be confused with the guy fronting Kid Creole and the Coconuts) has been sentenced to 16 years for manslaughter.
  8. Here’s a corner of rock’n’roll history that I never considered.
  9. BTS is so big that they may be declared exempt from national service in South Korea. That’ll go over well.
  10. Hearing loss? There’s been an important new discovery.
  11. Rammstein is being hit by Russian trolls with pro-war disinformation.
  12. There’s a new photographic display of Toronto hip-hop history.
  13. How’s this for a new song?: “Don’t Fuck With Ukraine.” (Via Sean)
  14. This new report talks about the situation with women in the music industry. SPOILER: There’s still a lot of work to be done.
  15. Sonos systems are about to get their own voice assistant.
  16. The guy who designed the iPod for Apple isn’t a fan of the metaverse. That’s part of this good interview.

More music news? Look here.

BONUS: American politics has devolved into this.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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