Random music news for Thursday, October 31, 2019

Halloween, the night when disguised extortionists appear at my door demanding nutritionally-deficient foodstuffs with the full approval and endorsement of their parents. I hate it. I’d rather focus on music news for October 31, 2019.

  1. These songs are guaranteed to be overplayed today. (Via Danny)
  2. Instead, look at music from these vampire movie soundtracks. (Danny again)
  3. Kanye West says that God gave him a US$68 million tax refund.
  4. Spotify might have just passed Apple when it comes to delivering up podcasts.
  5. Speaking of which, the Black Keys once got a call from the Spotify CEO to explain how streaming rates work.
  6. Sony made US$622 million from streaming in the last quarter, up 21%.
  7. Meanwhile, streaming is killing off micro-labels.
  8. SWMRS, the punk band that features Billie Joe Armstrong’s son, was involved in a van accident. Everyone will be okay.
  9. R Kelly’s music royalties were ordered to go to paying child support.
  10. Was George Michael HIV positive when he died? That’s what his ex-lover alleges.
  11. Confused about what some music industry job titles mean? Here’s a great glossary.
  12. How voice tech (read: smart speakers) is impacting the music business.
  13. KISS is never going away.
  14. A 310-year-old violin wasn’t left on a train. It was STOLEN.
  15. This festival allegedly has the hardest and fastest music in the world.
  16. A “radio virus?” Sneaky Russians.

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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