Random music news for Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Game of Thrones is gone. So is The Big Bang Theory. And Veep. And Modern Family. I have to completely rebuild my relationship with my TV. I’m depressed. And now, music news for May 22, 2019.

  1. ZZ Top: The musical. It’s called Sharp Dressed Man.
  2. Jay Z and Timbaland are being sued over a sample they used more than 20 years ago.
  3. “Is AI-generated music worth anything?” Discuss.
  4. The fastest-growing smart speaker market is not the US anymore. It’s China.
  5. Three handwritten wills were found in Aretha Franklin’s home. This will probably complicate things.
  6. The Houston Rockets have had their Twitter account suspended over music copyright issues.
  7. You mean metal detectors and bag searches aren’t mandatory at UK concerts?
  8. Here’s how some music festivals are becoming more environmentally friendly.
  9. This lawsuit involving unauthorized copies of songs being used by streaming sites is a big one.
  10. A guy from Evanescence just sold this house.
  11. Well, at least Elton John’s donkeys are happy. I think.
  12. Good one: Women in the business of photographing music. (Via Brad)
  13. Breaking news: Alexa and Siri are sexist.
  14. YouTube is about to change the way they display subscriber counts. I’m not sure I’m okay with this.

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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