Random Music News for Monday, November 20, 2019

On this day in 1985, a new computer program called Microsoft 1.0 was released. It wasn’t very good. Really. Here’s what’s making music news on November 20, 2017.

  1. In #MeToo news, the LA Times published some bombshell allegations about Def Jam’s Russell Simmons…
  2. …and nearly 2,000 women working in the Swedish music industry have signed an open letter alleging abuse I and harassment.
  3. And Morrissey had to put his foot in it, saying that some victims are “just disappointed.” Blame the victims, Mozzer? Really?
  4. Taylor Swift’s Reputation sold 80,000 copies in Canada in its first week. No one has done that since Drake sold 92,000 copies of Views in 2016.
  5. If you really need to know who won what at the American Music Awards last night, the whole list is here.
  6. I was part of a music industry roundtable at Ryerson on Saturday. You can watch it here.
  7. Wanna buy Michael Jackson’s townhouse? It’s for sale.
  8. In case you missed Chance the Rapper’s “Come Back Barack” on SNL, here it is.
  9. Stupid parrot.
  10. There’s a dog walking company in Brooklyn called Woof-Tang Clan. Wu-Tang Clan is suing.
  11. Katy Perry won another round in her effort to buy an old convent.
  12. The problems (and the fan reaction) to ticket sales for the next U2 tour are, well, bad.
  13. The fan vote for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is still on. Do what you gotta do.
  14. Coldplay’s 2017 world tour brought in $523 million USD. Wow.
  15. This Australian guy destroyed a mural of George Michael because he says he was “defending my religion.”
  16. Wanna buy some nude pictures of Madonna taken when she was just 18? They’re up for sale.

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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