Random music news for Saturday, November 23, 2019

Bell had problem with a cable near my house. I haven’t had a land line since Thursday. Funny how it hasn’t really bothered me. Moving on: Music news for November 23, 2019.

  1. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  2. Scooter Braun broke his silence on the issues with Taylor Swift. Here’s what he said.
  3. Fascinating: There are some things about music that are universal, no matter what the culture.
  4. OK Boomer. Time to realize that teenagers run the music industry.
  5. Dave Grohl doesn’t think the Foo Fighters are cool.
  6. An illustrated biography of Nick Cave is on the way.
  7. Neil Young is not a fan of Facebook. Here’s why.
  8. Meanwhile, Facebook has landed an exclusive deal to stream an Elton John interview….
  9. …and some of his handwritten lyrics are set to be auctioned off.
  10. Here are tips on how to use music to increase productivity where you work.
  11. Montreal’s Stars will celebrate their 20th anniversary in an interesting way. I’m scheduled to be part of this, too, on December 14.
  12. The US Government launched an investigation into ticketing practices, especially with third-party resellers.
  13. And the same government may finally force US radio stations to pay artists for the right to play music. (Canada has paid these fees for DECADES. It’s the right thing to do.)
  14. Ooo. Behind-the-scenes Grammy gossip at the executive level.
  15. No. God, no.
  16. No skipping mandatory South Korean military service for BTS.
  17. I’d love to have a party at this place.
  18. Into British music? This book looks like it might be for you. (Via Bobby)

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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