Myspace loses 50 million songs

We have a special place in our hearts for Myspace. It wasn’t the original social network, but it was the first to reach mass appeal and was a big part of what helped Metal Injection succeed in the early days, in terms of promotion.

Hope you had a backup: Myspace has confirmed losing data for 50 million songs uploaded to the platform between 2003 and 2015. Also in the news today: remembering Dick Dale, Shawn Mendes cleans up at the Junos, Neil Finn leaves social media in wake of Christchurch, Sam Smith comes out as genderqueer, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers play a very obvious cover at the Great Pyramids of Giza. Music in today’s episode: Jahzzar – “Comedie” (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games – “Against the Wall” (CC BY 3.0); Sean Mendes – “In My Blood”; Sam Smith, Normani – “Dancing With a Stranger” (Cheat Codes remix); Dick Dale and his Del-Tones – “Misirlou”; Lily Allen – “Alfie”; Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Pyramid Song” (Radiohead cover); Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Give It Away”

“As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace,” the statement says.

Neil Finn leaves social media after New Zealand massacre

Neil Finn says he’s leaving social media in the wake of last week’s hate-fuelled massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand. The New Zealand singer-songwriter is best-known as a member of Crowded House and, recently, Fleetwood Mac. On Twitter, Finn wrote, “Out of respect for the grieving families of Christchurch and in consideration of their vast public tragedy I will no longer take part in social media. These platforms have enabled the spread of hateful ideology and I will not participate anymore.” (Billboard)

Sam Smith comes out as genderqueer

Singing star Sam Smith says, “I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between.” He opened up about his gender identification during an interview for a new Instagram show called I Weigh Interviews. He added, “Non-binary/genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender. You are a mixture of all different things. You are your own special creation.” Although some non-binary people prefer gender-neutral pronouns, Smith says he’ll continue to use male pronouns for now. (Vanity Fair)

Smith’s latest release is a Cheat Codes remix of his Normani collaboration, “Dancing with a Stranger.”

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