Random music news for Tuesday, February 25, 2020

If you’re having a bad Tuesday, then just think of this guy. I know, right? Moving on to music new for February 25, 2020…

  1. Samsung closed a South Korea factory because of a confirmed case of corona virus.
  2. If you’re a U2 fan, here’s an interesting article on some of the shows they played at a Dublin outlet called The Dandelion Market back in the 70s.
  3. It looks like rapper Pop Smoke really did have some gang problems before he was killed.
  4. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. where things were at this time last year: Total album sales, -29.5%; CD sales, -31.2%; digital albums, -31.1%; digital tracks, -29.9%; vinyl, -13.1%; on-demand audio streams, +26.6% (1.60 billion streams in the country last year.)
  5. Think it’s only rock and pop stars who hate cell phones coming out at concerts? Think again.
  6. This podcast looks at the overlooked women in the history of rock.
  7. If you’re looking for a gig in radio, read this. It’s great advice.
  8. BTS might have crashed TikTok when they gave the platform a 30-second exclusive.
  9. Chart fixing in South Korea? Say it ain’t so!
  10. Another venue bites the dust. Clinton’s, the 83-year-old institution on Bloor Street in Toronto, has closed.
  11. Michael Cohl, the Canadian who invented the modern concert tour industry, is back in play with Live Nation in his sights.
  12. Marilyn Manson might be teasing a new album.
  13. A-ha: The “Take On Me” movie.
  14. Interesting: Half of US drivers have tried using voice assistants behind the wheel.
  15. Finneas Eilish, Billie’s brother and collaborator, would like to set the record straight about their parents’ music industry “connections.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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