Random music news for Friday, April 2, 2021

I’m not surprised at this. I already know people who are poisonous. As for music news for April 2, 2021…

  1. NO! Never!
  2. Rick Astley got rolled for once.
  3. Here’s the latest on the insane Katy Perry “Dark Horse” plagiarism lawsuit.
  4. Today is another Bandcamp Friday. The site is waiving its share of the proceeds from sales as a way of helping musicians in a COVID-ravaged world.
  5. Speaking of COVID, it looks like people really, really need happy music these days.
  6. In the latest example of heritage artists cashing out, Paul Simon has sold his entire songwriting catalogue to Sony Music Publishing.
  7. This is a fun Puscifer video, innit? (Via Sean)
  8. This Victorian country mansion once owned by Mick Fleetwood is up for sale.
  9. And the estate of The Who’s John Entwhistle is selling a painted fiberglass blue shark.
  10. Here’s a look at some of the best Doc Martens collaborations with artists.
  11. This is fun: Gene Simmons solo from 1977 featuring Eddie and Alex Van Halen. (Via Tom)
  12. What happens if one of your songs goes viral on TikTok? What do you do? Read this first.
  13. Why won’t The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” die in the UK?
  14. A judge has blocked shipments of Lil Nas X’s Satan shoes.
  15. A Google-branded Fiat? (Via Sean)

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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