Random music news for Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Is it over yet? Is it safe to come out? Jeebus, it’s not? Can we afford to divert our attention to music news for November 4, 2020?

  1. Kanye has conceded defeat in the US election. Even voting for himself didn’t help. But there’s always 2024, right?
  2. Green Day donated coffee to voters at polling stations.
  3. The Europeans are getting together to form a plan on what to do about the music and cultural industries.
  4. This death metal musician has been sentenced to 25 years for torching some Louisiana churches. He also has to pay them US$2.6 million.
  5. Ten lost Toronto record stores. How many did you shop at?
  6. TikTok has a new licensing deal with Sony.
  7. The Grammys have renamed the World Music category because of concerns the term “world music” has “connotations of colonialism.”
  8. Did we learn something new from Eddie Vedder this week? Perhaps.
  9. Artists have something to say about Spotify’s “Discovery Mode.” None of it is good.
  10. It looks like livestreams are going to be a very big thing in 2021.
  11. Looking to annoy someone with Windows 95 startup sounds? Good news.
  12. Yes, Canadians pay more for mobile phone service THAN EVERYONE ELSE.
  13. Wait: The “Stairway to Heaven” copyright infringement case still isn’t over?
  14. And remember the whole MegaUpload legal fight? It’s still not over, either.

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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