Random music news for Thursday, February 21, 2019

This is the 71st birthday of NASCAR. As for music news for February 21, 2019…

  1. Just when we thought the Jussie Smollett story couldn’t get any weirder, it does. He’s been arrested. Here’s the mugshot.
  2. Imagine Dragons are the new Nickelback. Discuss.
  3. Once you’re done with that, discuss this list of the 25 best female drummers of all time.
  4. Remember when Morrissey said he wouldn’t tour Canada until we banned the seal hunt? Yeah, about that
  5. Behold Samsung’s foldable phone.
  6. Samsung also announced this.
  7. Interesting stat: Spotify averages 2.5 million simultaneous streams. That’s a lot of bandwidth.
  8. Viola Smith, the ground-breaking drummer, is still going at age 106.
  9. Need to relax? You might want to investigate Japanese ambient.
  10. Damn teens. They’re pulling their parents away from radio over to streaming.
  11. Some people aren’t happy with the redesign of Spotify’s mobile app.
  12. There’s a growing gender gap in pop music in favour of women. This is good, right? Yes, but
  13. I don’t recall anyone clamoring for a Mike + The Mechanics reunion, especially one involving Phil Collins.
  14. Here are the key dates for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize: (1) Long List announced June 20; (2) Short List announced July 16; (3) Gala event at the Carlu in Toronto September 16.
  15. How’s this for a concert hall?

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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