Random music news for Monday, January 20, 2020

Is it “Happy Martin Luther King Day” or “Merry Martin Luther King Day?” I can never remember. Never mind. Let’s just do music news for January 20, 2020.

  1. Sum 41 canceled a show in Paris after someone blew up an explosive device at the venue.
  2. Madonna canceled a show in Lisbon. She’s still in pain from undetermined injuries.
  3. James Hetfield made his first appearance in public since heading to rehab last year.
  4. And Dave Mustaine of Megadeth says he’s beaten cancer.
  5. Foos news!
  6. Insane Clown Posse…beer? Well, it’s better than Faygo.
  7. The next vehicle I get will definitely have Apple CarPlay. Here’s why.
  8. Streaming is killing the charts. Again, here’s why.
  9. Johnny Marr will help Hans Zimmer score the new James Bond movie, No Time to Die.
  10. Bjork has embraced AI for her music.
  11. Who’s ahead in the podcast distribution wars? Is it Apple or Spotify. Well, it depends.
  12. Ministry guitarist Sin Quirin is now wrapped up in his own #MeToo issues.
  13. Something kinds stinks about (a) Oprah’s pulling out of a documentary on sexual harassment in the music industry.
  14. Something kinda stinks about (b) the head of the Grammy Awards being put on “administrative lead.” There’s a scandal here that could lead in unexpected directions.
  15. That’s one way to become the best-selling cellist of all time.
  16. Oh. Pete.
  17. Not music related, but this story is still noteworthy due to its weirdness. (Solution: Fake Taxi. Not that I would know anything about that.)
  18. How about some previously unseen David Bowie footage? Here you go.
  19. The Theremin turns 100 this year. There’s now an album celebrating that. On that note, watch this.
  20. Taylor Swift to Justin Bieber: “Get out of my gym!”

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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