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Random music news for Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Today, millions of Americans are ignoring advice to stay home this Thanksgiving to help arrest the pandemic. Ain’t gonna happen, unfortunately. Prepare for news of a big spike in about two weeks. Then it’ll be Christmas. And then there will be a big spike two weeks after that. This isn’t good. Okay, I’m done. Here’s music news for November 25, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update: Bad Bunny has tested positive for COVID-19.
  2. Headline of the day: “John Lydon suffered flea bites to the penis after befriending squirrels.
  3. It’s back.
  4. The Fender Jazzmaster Chris Cornell played on the Superunknown album is up for sale.
  5. Alice Cooper has collaborated with a Toronto couple on a children’s book.
  6. What are “black box royalties?” Very important, that’s what.
  7. Has Spotify been targeted in a potential fraud scam? This is concerning.
  8. Mumford & Sons has covered NIN’s “Hurt.” Wait–what?
  9. There are now 70 million songs on Spotify.
  10. Walmart Radio? It exists.
  11. There are more new charts from Spotify and YouTube. If you want to keep track of what songs are hot day by day, these are for you.
  12. Having trouble completing that song lyric? Try Verse By Verse.
  13. America vs. the pirates. If you’ve never heard of sites like RARBG and RAPIDGATOR, you have now.
  14. Google has changed its search experience. Have you noticed it?
  15. Does anyone have the answer to this Hole mystery? Is it even a mystery at all? Are the facts correct? (Via Michael)

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One thought on “Random music news for Wednesday, November 25, 2020

  • My first OMG/WTH moment in the grocery story (just local and now nationwide due to buyout) was hearing The Ramones (real song and not muzak) on the overheads. I was completely taken aback but loving every single second of it; precious few gven the band, but, yeah, loving it. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone because I just hadn’t known things like that were happening in the world and it was long enough ago where I wasn’t very isolated.

    Fast forward at least 12 years and I’m in the dreaded Walmart and I’m hearing a freaking dedication to some one in the hills of Arkansas requesting the bloody Clash and off they go with Lost in The Supermarket. Certainly, that point of dissonance wasn’t lost on me but no matter the song, it was still the Clash. They just kept on taking requests and playing songs and largely it was a rather pointedly obvious list to the GenX market segment. More fluff than Clash but I generally say I will take what I can get although I will also roll my eyes a hell of a lot more or just go into a long dead-eyed stare at some things.

    But yeah, Walmart radio..coming to you at your nearby friendly neighborhood Walmart store with, as your tastes go, perhaps pleasant music.


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