Random music news for Monday, November 9, 2020

We begin with the inevitable mash-up of Beck’s “Loser’ with Donald Trump’s election loss.

On to music news for November 9, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Beyonce’s 2021 tour will be virtual.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Brazil’s samba scene is hurting bad.
  3. Tom Petty’s family is perfectly okay with Joe Biden using “I Won’t Back Down.” They were not okay when Trump used it.
  4. And the record label for the Village People says they’re going to sue Trump for using their music.
  5. Bones Hillman, bass player for Midnight Oil, has died of cancer at age 62.
  6. Trump fans were singing Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” because…well, I don’t know why.
  7. Look what song has rocketed to the top of iTunes charts. “FDT” by YG and Nipsey Hussle.
  8. Is Spotify thinking about a subscription podcast service?
  9. Here’s your winter project: a musical Tesla coil.
  10. Turns out bands need to be careful of Chinese panda politics.
  11. Check out how David Bowie predicted the effect of the Internet on music–in 1999.
  12. Record Store Day did a lot of good for indie record stores this year.

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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