Random music news for Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Wearing a face mask to keep from being sick but frustrated that your iPhone’s Face ID won’t work? Try this.

  1. Producer and DJ Andy Weatherall has died at age 56.
  2. Ozzy has canceled all North American dates on his upcoming tour. He really must not be well.
  3. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming numbers vs. where things were a year ago: Total album sales, -30.0%; CD sales, -32.4%; digital albums, -31.0%; digital tracks, -30.0%; vinyl, -13.2%; on-demand audio streams, +19.9% (1.59 billion streams in the country last week).
  4. Patience people, patience. The Elmo will be back soon. Trust me on this.
  5. One of Billie Eilish’s latest interviews was conducted by AI.
  6. Bob Marley: The Musical.
  7. Check #3 on this list. Who knew?
  8. What is going on here?
  9. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg hired the same social media firm used by the Fyre Festival.
  10. Kansas City now has its own Russian propaganda radio station.
  11. If you’re the kind of person who mishears song lyrics, you might want to look at this. (Via Adam)
  12. Six months ago, this guy was homeless. Now he’s on tour with Liam Gallagher.
  13. And speaking of Liam, there’s another story he and Noel are talking again. Right.
  14. These are apparently the most popular songs for housecleaning.
  15. Could sound waves give us real hoverboards one day. Maybe. (Via Andrew)
  16. Everyone needs a hobby, I guess. (Andrew again)

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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