Random music news for Friday, August 12, 2022

Is this real? If so, I don’t want to see the litter box. Let’s instead focus on music news for August 12, 2022.

  1. Elton John in the metaverse? A distinct possibility.
  2. A music and travel startup called Pollen has gone bankrupt.
  3. There was a double tragedy with The Happy Mondays last month. Along with the death of bassist Paul Ryder, Bez’s dad died.
  4. Olivia Newton-John was honoured with this special pink light display at the Sydney Opera House. She died Monday after a long battle with breast cancer.
  5. Marcus Mumford is talking about some childhood abuse.
  6. Comparing vinyl fans then and now.
  7. Weezer has canceled their Broadway residency. Too few tickets sold, operating costs too high.
  8. The Fake Michael Jackson Vocals lawsuit has been settled. This was a weird one that lasted years.
  9. Toronto is getting another pro recording studio–and this one is very interesting.
  10. This is one reason why I don’t do any voiceover work for video games. (The other is that I suck at doing voices for video game characters.)
  11. Meanwhile, Garth Brooks is now in the voiceover business.
  12. The 2023 Juno Awards in Edmonton will now be on March 12 to avoid a conflict with the Academy Awards.
  13. Google has tweaked its search engine.
  14. Is TikTok a threat to the national security of the United States? This FCC commissioner says so.
  15. Country music has taken hold in Africa? Yes.
  16. Metallica has signed on for the Global Citizen Festival.
  17. Really not necessary, Tommy Lee.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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