Random music news for Thursday, January 16, 2020

It was eleven years ago today that Sully Sullivan landed that airliner in the Hudson River. Moving to music news for January 15, 2020…

  1. Here are 41 women who deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  2. Wait: Is Spotify now ahead of Apple when it comes to distributing podcasts? It depends how you look at it.
  3. A scholarly look at why death is a good career move for musicians. (Via Taylor)
  4.  Over 50 employees (including a lot of radio announcers) have been fired by iHeart Radio as the company moves towards using more AI. Uh-oh.
  5. Looking for an app that will make you a better musician? You might want to look at EarMaster.
  6. Five HMV stores in the UK have been saved from closure after rents were renegotiated. (I bring this up because HMV UK is owned by Canada’s Sunrise Records.)
  7. Run-DMC and Aerosmith are going to perform together at the Grammy Awards. Gee, I wonder what they’re gonna do
  8. Cool! These earbuds automatically translate 35 languages and 85 accents. We’re getting closer and closer to the Star Trek universal translator and the fabled Babel Fish (of which there is a real one).
  9. Coming soon: A documentary on the Wrecking Crew, the legendary studio musicians collective.
  10. These metal album covers are HIDEOUS!
  11. Can you imagine Rush doing a Las Vegas residency? Neither could they.
  12. Interesting fact: Less than 10% of the inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are women.
  13. Articles on Freddie Mercury and Billie were among the most-read Wikipedia articles of 2019.
  14. Since we’re talking about James Bond themes these days…
  15. Wanna know what kind of rock is hot? Dad Metal.

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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