Random music news for Friday, November 1, 2019

On this day in 1896, National Geographic published its first picture of a woman with bare breasts. Scandalous. Moving to music news for November 1, 2019…

  1. My Chemical Romance has reunited. Time for a full-on emo revival, I guess.
  2. Katie Perry has sued Katy Perry.
  3. Here are some fascinating stats about Canadian podcast listening.
  4. Ticketmaster has come up with something important for disabled fans.
  5. Olivia Newton-John’s leather Grease outfit is going up for auction. Bets are that it’ll go for more than US$250,000.
  6. Something like 366 million smartphones were shipped in the third quarter of 2019. That’s up 2%.
  7. SiriusXM has a new deal with Google Assistant.
  8. A new report from the European Union says that music piracy by people 15-24 is down sharply because they’d rather get their music through streaming.
  9. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift is set to get a big Chinese payday.
  10. Some lost Lou Reed songs have turned up.
  11. Looks like Morrissey is wearing out his welcome with some.
  12. Oops. No comment from U2.
  13. Looking for something to read? Take some book recommendations from David Bowie.
  14. “If you show up to our awards show, we’ll make up an award just for you!”
  15. More Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drama.

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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