Random music news for Wednesday, November 18, 2020

At what point does Alexa get too smart? Just wonderin’. Now I’m going to distract myself with music news for November 18, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Is anyone else concerned about the coming uber-spike in cases following US Thanksgiving? Especially if there’s singing? Wait–what?
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Arenas and stadiums in Queensland, Australia, are moving towards 100% capacity as COVID seems to be under control.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Did Dolly Parton just cure corona? Maybe.
  4. Wolfgang Van Halen says when his father died, he had a brain tumor and stage four lung cancer. Back in 2017, he was given just six weeks to live but ending up beating the odds.
  5. YouTube says that 2 billion people are now watching music videos on the platform every month.
  6. And Shazam (now owned by Apple) has 200 million active users every month.
  7. And before he died, Eddie Van Halen had plans to tour with all of Van Halen’s lead singers. Yes, even Gary Cherone.
  8. Looking to get the jump on everyone when it comes to hot emerging artists? Take a look at this list.
  9. Someone has taken the effort to rank the best stadium songs in both the pro and college ranks. (Via Andrew)
  10. Have you started a podcast? Better read this if you want a better shot at doing well.
  11. Morrissey has been dropped by his record label for the 94th time.
  12. A fire at a computer chip factory in Japan could affect the manufacture of some consumer electronic devices. (Via Mark)
  13. More revenge porn?
  14. Need a new book that discusses Metallica? Here you go.
  15. And former Metallica bass player Jason Newstead is selling this ranch.
  16. Are you late to getting into BTS? Then read this.
  17. Interesting: The Killers have sold their publishing rights for their first six albums, including songs like “Mr. Brightside.”

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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