Random music news for Thursday, January 7, 2020

Now that we’re spending more time indoors, this is something you might have wondered about. Once you’ve solved that mystery, try music news for January 7, 2020.

  1. Was a member of the metal band Iced Earth part of the mob that attacked the US Capitol yesterday>
  2. Neil Young just sold 50% of his song catalogue to Hipgnosis for US$150 million.
  3. Pitchfork says these are the 41 most-anticipated albums of 2021.
  4. How did music make it through 2020? Here are some of the ways.
  5. How could music be better in 2021? Again, here are some of the ways.
  6. Live Nation wants to raise another US$500 million in debt to weather the pandemic.
  7. And what did we learn about music in 2020? This.
  8. Students are protesting in Instanbul to the sound of Metallica.
  9. The UK industry has it worse. It’s not just COVID but also Brexit.
  10. Napster has been sold again for US$70 million.
  11. This is scary: In the US, rap lyrics are now admissible as evidence.
  12. A good question: With all that’s happened with music, technology, and pandemics, how should we measure an artist’s success these days?
  13. Sharon Osbourne may end up being a COVID-19 long hauler. She still hasn’t fully recovered.
  14. Hey, Drake: With all that’s going on in the world, is this really the time to be bragging about your new yacht
  15. …or flaunting your insanely expensive watch?
  16. I should hope so.
  17. How many foot pedals does one drummer need? (Via Walter)
  18. And are these the best drum fills of all time?

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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