Random music news for Friday, November 29, 2019

Despite it being American Thanksgiving week and Black Friday, there’s still music news to report. Here’s what’s happening on November 29, 2019.

  1. First, some important Black Friday advice.
  2. Warner Music Canada has extended a partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.
  3. And Warner Music made US$2 billion in streaming revenues over the last 12 months.
  4. Robert Sillerman, one of the architects of the modern touring industry, has died at the age of 71.
  5. Slipknot is in court with a former percussionist.
  6. Madonna has canceled a bunch of shows, saying that she’s in great pain.
  7. Ever hear of scam rap? It’s a growing problem.
  8. This breakthrough in lithium batteries could be a big deal for all portable devices.
  9. Wow! This looks like an amazing new concert hall.
  10. The Radioplayer Canada app has passed 1 million downloads.
  11. Cyndi Lauper is going to receive a special award from–what for it–the UN. You’ll see why.
  12. Who would want to shoot up the house owned by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco?
  13. Pete Townshend says he’s sorry.
  14. Martin Scorsese is working on a documentary about the New York City music scene in the 1970s. (Well, Vinyl didn’t work out, so maybe this is a better approach.)

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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