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Thursday, July 02, 2020

Radio Pulled Violent Songs Off Air After 9/11 — But It Won’t Reckon With Race
By Katherine Turman (Rolling Stone) -- As companies across the entertainment industry make strides to combat racism and prejudice, classic radio, which is rife with racially skewed music, remains stuck in an awkward place.

Inside the Virtual BET Awards: How They Pulled It Off & Why It Might Change the Future of Award Shows
By Lyndsey Havens (Billboard) -- The BET Awards not only reimagined what a virtual performance can be, but what award shows could look like even post-pandemic.

Off Their Heads: The Shocking Return Of The Rave
By Sirin Kale (The Guardian) -- With clubs shut, thousands of young people are breaking the Covid-19 rules to attend parties organized on social media – and more are being set up every day

Chicago Label Trax Records Faces Massive Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
By Dylan Smith (Digital Music News) -- The firmly worded legal document pulls no punches in describing the alleged mistreatment and contractual violations of Trax Records.

450 Million Hours of YouYube Are Watched Every Day – And That Doesn’t Count Phones or Computers!
By Jacca-RouteNotein (Digital Video News)

Facebook Boycott: View the List Of Companies Pulling Ads
By Allen Kim and Brian Fung (CNN Business) -- A growing list of companies are pulling ads from Facebook. For many of them, it’s part of an advertiser boycott in protest of what they say are the site’s failures to stop the spread of hate.

LANDR Launches LANDR Pro Network, A Digital Marketplace For Music Professionals To Market And Manage Their Businesses
(PRNewswire) -- [I generally don’t use press releases … but, thought this might be interesting enough to allow a little hype in. DK]

Spotify Editor Explains How They Pick Songs for Playlists
By Tom Newman (Routenote)

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Digital Distributor for Your Music
By Emőke Csoma (FlyPaper) -- Once you’re finished with a track or a whole album you’ve been working on for weeks, months, or perhaps even years, what’s next? You’ve reached a point of no return — it’s release time. [Thanks to Etan Rosenbloom for the link.]

Consumer Reports Explains How To Tame Your Technology
By Consumer Reports -- With the economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, you might be looking for ways to save money. Consumer Reports recommends some ways to help you tame your tech budget.

UCSF Pays $1 Million Ransom To Recover Medical School Data From Hackers
By Daniel Wu (Mercury News) -- Third university to be targeted by cyberattacks in the past two months. … Malware attacks on prominent businesses and institutions are nothing new. But experts say the shift to working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic may be making it easier for hackers to find a way in.

The Car Radio Turns 90 This Year. A History Of That Thing In Your Dashboard.
By Alan Cross (Global News)

Outside of the fact that it is almost impossible to sing …
Should ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Be Replaced With a New National Anthem?
By Dylan Smith (Digital Music News) – [My politically correct muted response: HELL NO!!!]

Carl Reiner Dead at 98 ... Mel Brooks Pays Tribute to his Best Friend
(TMZ) -- Reiner was a producer. He was also a director. He was also an actor. He was also a Grammy winner. He won 9 Emmys in over 7 decades. He has more than 400 credits. Where to begin?

Put a mask on it!
Video: Let's Twist Again (Like We Did Last Summer)
Written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell

Artist: Chubby Checker

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