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Random music news for Tuesday, May 23, 2023

How to swear like it’s 1499. And here’s music news for May 23, 2023.

  1. Someone other than an automobile manufacturer has come out in favour of the extinction of AM radio in cars.
  2. The Sex Pistols are going to release a 7-inch replica of the infamous “God Save The Queen” single on A&M.
  3. The Sphere in Las Vegas has some…problems.
  4. Wait: There are alternate lyrics to “Smells Like Teen Spirit?” Yes.
  5. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has bled over to streaming music platforms. Here’s the story.
  6. The media phenomenon known as The Streisand Effect turned 20 this week.
  7. Instagram is working on a Twitter competitor. It could be here next month.
  8. Meanwhile, TikTok is having an effect on restaurant menus.
  9. Still with TikTok, a challenge has cost Hyundai US$200 million.
  10. New book: How music hacks our brains.
  11. Maynard James Keenan: Not a fan of Florida politics.
  12. Slipknot as wedding music? Why not?
  13. Slayer once toured with both an evangelical pastor and an exorcist.
  14. A smashed Nirvana guitar just sold for nearly US$600,000 at auction.
  15. This dad bought his daughter US$21,000 worth of Taylor Swift tickets but they never showed up.
  16. And then there was this NYC K-pop disaster.

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Alan Cross

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One thought on “Random music news for Tuesday, May 23, 2023

  • Hi Alan,

    Regarding AM radio in vehicles, Ford’s CEO Jim Farley, has just posted this on Linkedin:

    “After speaking with policy leaders about the importance of AM broadcast radio as a part of the emergency alert system, we’ve decided to include it on all 2024 Ford & Lincoln vehicles. For any owners of Ford EVs without AM broadcast capability, we’ll offer a software update.

    Customers can currently listen to AM radio content in a variety of ways in our vehicles – including via streaming – and we will continue to innovate to deliver even better in-vehicle entertainment and emergency notification options in the future.

    Thanks to our product development and manufacturing teams for their quick response to make this change for our customers.”


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