Random Music News for Saturday, November 19, 2016

It was on this day in 1963 that the first-ever push-button telephone went into service. And now, some music news…

  1. Damn you, 2016. We lose another one: Sharon Jones of Sharon and the Dap-Kings is dead at 60 of pancreatic cancer.
  2. Bob Dylan may deliver a Nobel lecture next year. Maybe.
  3. Interesting: the politics of K-pop in Asia.
  4. How many dogs can you get into one music video? Quite a few, apparently.
  5. The Hollywood Reporter talked to some hitmakers about what’s ahead for America.
  6. But are there reasons to be optimistic about the Trump presidency? Some music insiders think so.
  7. Did Kanye West vote for Donald Trump?  (No. He didn’t vote at all. But had he voted…)
  8. Is the secondary ticket market in the UK about to collapse? That’s one (happy) prediction.
  9. According to WalletHub, one of the worst product categories for Black Friday is music.
  10. A German bootlegger was busted with $2 million worth of fake CDs and DVDs in a warehouse.
  11. Vince Neil–yes, of Motley Crue–is set to play the presidential inauguration. UPDATE: No, he’s not.
  12. The Killers finally have enough Christmas music to release a full Christmas album.
  13. Mick Jagger tipped a NYC waiter $500.
  14. Meanwhile, Nick Gordon is broke and can’t pay Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family he owes after being found negligent in her death.

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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