Random music news for Friday, April 16, 2021

Still not washing your hands enough? This video by Yonge Street legends might help.

Now on to music news for April 16, 2021.

  1. Arcade Fire has released a 45-minute instrumental track designed for COVID-era meditation called “Memories of the Age of Anxiety.”
  2. LA’s Cinerama Dome movie theatre is closing forever because of COVID. Here’s a story that links the theatre with The Doors.
  3. Osheaga is fighting with Montreal over the number of stages it can use.
  4. I can’t quite figure why all these concerts are being scheduled for Toronto.
  5. NFTs for good: US$200,000 raised for the Save Our Stages fund.
  6. Spotify has launched some new podcast charts (just for the US, though.)
  7. And Spotify is getting deeper into promoting livestreams.
  8. Amazon Alexa’s earbuds are coming back.
  9. A fifth of all the songs streamed in the UK last year were rap and hip-hop.
  10. Here’s what Tim Horton’s can teach musicians about audience engagement. No, really.
  11. Waking up to your favourite song will make you feel less groggy. See?
  12. There’s a Joey Ramone biopic in the works. Who’s going to play Joe? Pete Davidson.

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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