Random music news for Monday, November 18, 2019

Back in the home office after two weeks. But I don’t know why I bothered to unpack because I’m gone again in another ten days. But let’s worry about that later. Here’s music news for November 18, 2019.

  1. Another musical couple is separating. This time, it’s Josh Homme and Brody Dalle. (She filed for separation from him.)
  2. Drake has a new Rolls-Royce SUV. In fact, his Bushukan–that’s the model name–is the first to hit the road. And it only costs US$700,000.
  3. This newly-uncovered video shows exactly how sick Freddie Mercury was in the latter stages of his fight with AIDs.
  4. Remember how Tom DeLonge’s UFO research group acquired some “alien alloys?” Here’s how they got it.
  5. “Hordes” of Australian music fans left a Janet Jackson concert because of awful lip-synching.
  6. A Skipknot cruise? Yep.
  7. Jay-Z is annoyed by Colin Kaepernick.
  8. Last year, 11,100,000 new podcasts episodes were released.
  9. Will.i.am vs. Qantas: This is ugly.
  10. Producer Max Martin talks about the science of songwriting.
  11. Gordon Ramsey paid Ed Sheeran £500,000 to play his daughter’s 18th birthday party.
  12. Kanye is building an amphitheatre on his Wyoming ranch. Could end up being a church. Or maybe someplace to stage his first opera.
  13. If you’re a guitarist, you’ll want to read this interview with the “godfather of the modern pedalboard.”
  14. Spotify is experimenting with offering up lyrics in real time.

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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