Random music news for Tuesday, January 19, 2021

It’s the last full day we’ll have to say “President Donald Trump” without using the word “former.” Meanwhile, in music news for January 19, 2021…

  1. RIP Chris Murphy, the manager who took INXS global. Here he is talking about the band’s success.
  2. After 22 years, this band is getting back together to perform their one-hit-wonder just for Joe Biden.
  3. And guess who will be skateboarding for Joe? Yep, @420doggface208.
  4. Drake was the most-streamed artist of 2020 with 5.6 billion streams.
  5. Robbie Robertson is selling this house for US$4.2 million. Any takers?
  6. How was this a good idea, Facebook? Oh, you noticed, did you?
  7. What is Apple thinking with this new podcast subscription model?
  8. Amazon is making Alex tech available to carmakers so they can create custom assistants.
  9. And Tesla is working on the sound of their cars.
  10. You dummy, Bow Wow.
  11. Kanye West is suing one of his…interns?
  12. Marianne Faithfull has had a terrible time with COVID-19.
  13. How can you get the most out of your music during a lockdown? Get rid of the phone and the earbuds.
  14. Who will get Phil Spector’s US$50 million fortune now that he’s dead?
  15. The dangers of Spotify bots.
  16. Bridgerton on TikTok? Yep.
  17. If your tribute band is called “Pearl Jamm,” expect a cease-and-desist letter from Pearl Jam.
  18. And finally, a parrot singing Led Zeppelin.

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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