Random music news for Friday, January 15, 2021

We just lost a couple trillion galaxies. Oops. And this guy has two more guesses at his bitcoin wallet password. If he gets it wrong, his wallet will be locked forever and he’ll be out US$220 million. And this is spooky. How’s that for an introduction to music news for January 15, 2021?

  1. “Video games have replaced music as the most important aspect of youth culture.” Discuss.
  2. Here are more predictions for music in 2021.
  3. Wall Street wants in on this rush to buy up song catalogues.
  4. RIP legendary Canadian Indigenous singer Shingoose. It was COVID. (Via Tom)
  5. This is good: The true differences between “broadcasting” and “podcasting.
  6. These sunglasses are also audio monsters.
  7. Forget foldable phones. The new thing is rollable phones.
  8. Bandsintown PLUS offers unlimited music livestreams for US$9.99 a month.
  9. Drill and trap music is going through a really rough time in the UK.
  10. Hey, 80’s kids! There’s a new Japan box set coming. (Via Scott)
  11. If you’re into using TikTok, this site can maybe help you get the most out of your videos.
  12. Heavy metal French horn? Yep. (Via Danny)
  13. Skin of the British band Skunk Anansie has been named Chancellor at Leeds Arts University.
  14. You should really meet your neighbours because you never know who they might be. See? (Via David)
  15. Phil Collins’ ex-wife is apparently being considered for a role on the new version of The Real Housewives of Miami.
  16. Queen’s Brian May comes clean: He HATES The Voice.
  17. While he was being impeached, Donald Trump gave out National Medals of Arts to Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs.

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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