Random music news for Saturday, February 22, 2020

So this is 22-02-2020. If we take it further, it was 02:02:20 am earlier today. And if we use military time, it will be 20:20:20 22-02-2020 later tonight. Cool. And now for some music news.

  1. Gary Cherone, who once sang for Van Halen, says that Eddie Van Halen is doing “okay” in his fight with cancer.
  2. Katy Perry collapsed on the set of American Idol as the result of a propane leak.
  3. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  4. This is rich: A New Jersey congressman has accused Pearl Jam of being “led astray” by Ticketmaster and Live Nation.
  5. Rumours about Record Store Day 2020 releases are filtering out. Here’s a list.
  6. Speaking of which Marie-Mai has become the first Quebec artist to being the official ambassador for Record Store Day in Canada. The American ambassador is Brandi Carlile.
  7. Coldplay has released a new EP that comes with a short film.
  8. Are you a Canadian musician hoping to perform in the US? Then read this.
  9. Cher has another thought about Donald Trump.
  10. Lana Del Rey has canceled her European tour because of illness. She’s lost her voice.
  11. Not really surprised by this: 66% of Canadians feel we have the worst cell phone prices in the world.
  12. Courtney Love and Melissa Auf der Maur: Together again.
  13. Was rapper Pop Smoke killed because he had ties to The Crips?
  14. The drama at the US Recording Academy continues with the start of arbitration from ousted CEO Deborah Dugan.
  15. Spotify is coming after what’s known as “bootleg podcasts.”
  16. Grimes is using her “digital body” for photoshoots.
  17. Kate and Anna McGarrigle have set up a fund to help cancer patients make music.
  18. This woman went from being an opera student to a sex worker to a Juno nominee. Wow.
  19. The Beyonce mass. Seriously.
  20. Spotify is getting into the ticketing business–at least a little bit.

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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