Random music news for Friday, November 15, 2019

A long-haul trip home today: SIN-HKG-YYZ. Shouldn’t take more than 23 hours or so. But before I left, I had time to compile music news for November 15, 2019.

  1. Who says teens don’t listen to the radio? That’s not what this study says.
  2. Apparently Freddie Mercury suffered the loss of a foot when he battled AIDs.
  3. Trent Reznor had some fun on Instagram after he became a Country Music Awards winner.
  4. Paul McCartney initially was not a fan of the idea of the movie Yesterday.
  5. The Velvet Underground as Peanuts characters. Hey, I laughed.
  6. An auction of Olivia Newton-John memorabilia netted US$2.4 million.
  7. It’s coming up to Christmas, so there’s gonna be another massive Pink Floyd box set, right? Right.
  8. If you’re ever thinking about going clubbing in Manchester
  9. Just because you’re dead doesn’t mean that you can’t release new music. But is that music any good?
  10. Here’s a good interview with Michael Stipe and Mike Mills about the history of REM.
  11. How did Spotify finally end up being profitable? Here are three ways it happened.
  12. This new British radio station will play nothing but songs from musicals.
  13. This young drummer is amazing–and she’s only 9.
  14. Nirvana’s lawsuit against designer Mark Jacobs is going ahead.

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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