Random music news for Friday, August 13, 2021

Like Space Invaders? You haven’t seen anything like this. Time for some music news for August 13, 2021.

  1. This isn’t good: Only 35 out of 70,000 Garth Brooks fans got vaccines before Kansas City show.
  2. This year’s Lollapalooza festival can’t be declared a superspreader event–at least not yet. At the very least, this proves that vaccine requirements for festival can work.
  3. Lost track of the allegatins against Marilyn Manson? Here’s a handy timeline.
  4. The jury for R Kelly’s trial has been selected.
  5. Emimen’s ex-wife, Kim Scott, was apparently hospitalized after a suicide attempt.
  6. Dolly Parton and James Patterson are writing a novel together. Yes, THAT Dolly Parton.
  7. The Killers’ new album, Pressure Machine, is out today. Here’s an interview with the band.
  8. Triumph will be among the inductees into the Metal Hall of Fame this year.
  9. Speaking of metal, there’s a new metal beer coming.
  10. Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the release of Metallica’s black album. It has sold around 30 million copies worldwide and still sells about 5,000 copies a week.
  11. YouTube just opened a new 6,000 seat venue in California.
  12. Here’s how Canadian radio puts money back into the talent ecosystem–and how it could be improved.
  13. There’s a new genre out of Tanzania called “singeli” which is played at around 300 bpm. It involves twerking, too.
  14. Got some famous concert posters on your wall? Take a look at these.
  15. Need a hologram? Check out this package.
  16. Uh, thanks, David Crosby?
  17. Ew. Gross.

BONUS: This is the best-ever slide into home plate.

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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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