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Inside Music (Jan 16th, 2020)

1. Nine Inch Nails, T. Rex, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., and more have been announced as inductees into the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The list of eligible artists who didn't make the cut is just as interesting and includes Soundgarden, Dave Matthews Band, Motörhead, and Pat Benatar. The 2020 ceremony will take place on May 2 in Cleveland. On hearing the news, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor told Rolling Stone, "I’m pretty freaked out. I’m quite in shock." — THE NEW YORK TIMES

2. Song recommendation: Max Cooper, Six Sigma - "Parting Ways"

From David Porter - Founder and CEO of NextUp and 8tracks:

"I’ve become a big fan of both Max Cooper and Christian Löffler over the last couple of years. Both make amazing, melodic, ambient techno.

Max is an equally talented visual artist, and the album from which "Parting Ways" comes, released in November 2019, is the soundtrack to his A/V show, commissioned by the Barbican in London. I love this track, like much of his other work, because it's  energizing yet relaxing, optimistic yet poignant."

3. Spotify is launching new playlists made specifically for animals. The streaming music service has a new feature that will let you select from a few options before it then crafts a playlist with your pet in mind. Currently, the type of pets available to choose from in the playlist creation process includes dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, and iguanas. The idea stems from the Spotify provided statistic that says 71% of pet owners play music for their animals. — STEREOGUM

4. "Stranger Things" and "IT" actor Finn Wolfhard has started a new band called The Aubreys, and the group has released its first song. The Aubreys debuted "Getting Better (Otherwise)" as part of the soundtrack for the movie, "The Turning" — a movie Wolfhard is an actor in. The band's indie-rock sound is straightforward and familiar, but on this first song, there aren't any genre molds being broken. — ALTERNATIVE PRESS

5. Apple TV+ has purchased a new Beastie Boys documentary directed by notable filmmaker Spike Jonze. "Beastie Boys Story" will debut first in April on IMAX theaters before coming to Apple's video streaming service on April 24 — freely available for subscribers. The film project grew out of a forthcoming photo book from the band and Jonze that will be available on March 24. — PITCHFORK

6. Tove Lo surprised fans with two brand new songs produced by rising pop star and producer Finneas. Despite releasing a new, well-regarded album just a few months ago, Tove Lo has released "Bikini Porn" and "Passion and Pain Taste the Same When I'm Weak" on Wednesday. Beyond working with Tove Lo on the new songs, Finneas, who is Billie Eilish's brother, co-wrote the new theme song with Eilish for the James Bond film, "No Time To Die," out in April. — BILLBOARD

7. Bose will be shutting down its retail stores throughout North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia, laying off store employees in the process. The audio company will keep 130 stores across China and the UAE. Bose opened its first retail store back in 1993 to demonstrate its stereo equipment to buyers. It said in an official statement that a majority of its business happens online now, though Bose will continue to sell products at retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon. — THE VERGE

8. Galantis debuted a new song called "We Are Born To Play," featuring pop star Charli XCX as part of a promo for Nintendo's forthcoming theme park in Japan. The song and its video are a hyper-active, CGI-infused blast of classic Nintendo characters and scenes. Super Nintendo World, as part of Universal Studios, will open in Japan this summer, followed by Hollywood, Orlando, and Singapore locations at a later date. — ENGADGET

9. iHeartMedia started making layoffs largely to its stations in small and medium-sized markets. The company hasn't confirmed the number of jobs it's cutting, but some suspect it's in the hundreds and could even reach 1,000. iHeartMedia refers to the layoffs as "employee dislocation" in an internal memo it sent to employees and explained the reduction was necessary to "modernize the company." This news comes on the heels of the company announcing a new headquarters in Nashville centered around engineering and technology. — ROLLING STONE

10. Vintage turntables are increasingly becoming a hot commodity, Gear Patrol finds in its latest feature. While the vinyl record market continues to balloon, the average price of a turntable has fallen below $500. Still, there's a group of dedicated vinyl enthusiasts out there searching for and restoring vintage turntables, sometimes for as much as $64,000. — GEAR PATROL

Tyler Hayes is a writer and early adopter in both music and technology. He's based in California and has contributed to Fast Company, BuzzFeed, and Billboard, among others. You can reach out at @TylerH.

Edited by Sheena Vasani, staff writer at Inside.

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