Random music news for Friday, April 30, 2021

She smuggled a gun into jail HOW? Oh. Sorry for the mental image. Distract yourself with music news for April 30, 2021.

  1. Canadian radio listening has been steady (and even going up) during the pandemic. Here are the latest figures.
  2. Florence Welch has a new project: scoring a Great Gatsby musical.
  3. Will people pay for podcasts? Apple and Spotify are banking on that. But will it work?
  4. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will release a greatest hits album on June 10. That’ll mark the band’s 10th anniversary.
  5. This woman has set a world record for the lowest note sung by a female (C1, the lowest C on the piano, which is at 34.21 hertz.)
  6. Rapper Kodiak Black has pleaded guilty to assault charges. Remember that he was pardoned by Donald Trump on weapons charges. (Via Sean)
  7. This is interesting: The “sachetization” of music.
  8. Into songwriting? Into tech? Into AI? Then the AI Song Contest might be for you.
  9. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says he’s “secured the funds” to make a bid for Arsenal of the EPL.
  10. And here comes the Genesis tour. (Sean again)
  11. Apparently, you can identify a creator of a playlist by looking at just three songs.
  12. What, exactly, does a music publicist do? This.
  13. There’s a new documentary on the history of the DC punk rock scene. Dave Grohl will love it.
  14. These bands are all fronted by animals.
  15. Wanna buy a sweaty (and rather ugly) satin jacket once owned by Keith Richards? It’ll cost you.
  16. How about going to a rave in the Chernobyl exclusion zone? No need to bring glowsticks, I guess…

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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