Random music news for Thursday, February 13, 2020

Still looking for that perfect anti-Valentine’s Day gift? Buy your ex a cockroach. Moving to music news for February 13, 2020…

  1. The Foo Fighters’ new album is done. Details soon, apparently.
  2. More than fifteen years after the idea was first floated, Green Day’s American Idiot movie project is dead.
  3. Tupac faked his death and is now living with the Navajos in New Mexico. That’s what this new documentary says.
  4. Drake’s Toronto restaurant Pick 6IX has been permanently closed.
  5. However, he has a new deal with a platform called Caffeine that will feature live rap battles.
  6. Wanna buy Bon Jovi’s French chateau? It’s up for sale. (And it’s in New Jersey.)
  7. Rock snobbery is officially back!
  8. YouTube is testing this new thing they call “applause.”
  9. Noise recognition for cars? Yep.
  10. Nissan has come up with an “environmentally friendly” lullaby for kids in the car.
  11. Now that Andrew Yang has dropped out of the US presidential race, he can return to his first love: karaoke.
  12. This could be interesting: Spotify’s Songwriter Pages.
  13. A Pussy Riot video shoot was shut down by Russian authorities because it was allegedly promoting “gay propaganda.”
  14. The 1975 say they will now only play gender-balanced festivals.
  15. Are you a touring musician who wants to reduce their carbon footprint? Then take a look at Project Zero.
  16. New research from Nielsen (no link, sorry) says that 64% of American adults stream audio to their smartphones while 25% stream audio to their tablets. It also found that 63% pay for one streaming music service while 53% paid for two.
  17. We lost another musician to suicide: Tim Walsh of Manchester’s Northside hanged himself. He wasn’t found for a week.

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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