Random music news for Friday, January 29, 2021

Wow. What a way to go. Now we review music news for January 29, 2021.

  1. Can opera lessons help long COVID sufferers? Maybe. (Via Sean)
  2. David Bowie’s former home on Central Park has been sold for US$6 million.
  3. This is good: The evolution of music in video games.
  4. And on a related topic, here’s an oral history of Guitar Hero.
  5. This woman somehow believes she’s engaged to Bret Michaels. It’s a strange story that involves Dr. Phil.
  6. Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead has been picked to score a biopic on Princess Diana.
  7. YouTube has banned Donald Trump indefinitely. The company has also demonetized Rudy Guiliani.
  8. Spotify has Mexico pretty much locked up.
  9. This will be of great concern to my mom.
  10. The music industry vs. a German company that offers “stream manipulation.”
  11. No surprise here: Members from Pussy Riot have been detained in the protests supporting Putin critic Alexei Navalny. (Via Sean again)
  12. This app can help you rediscover songs you once loved but haven’t heard in a while.
  13. Another big catalogue sale: Primary Wave just bought Sun Records, which comes with master recordings for Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.
  14. Gotta visit this the next time I’m in Nashville: The National Museum of African American Music.
  15. Should we be worried about the future of music festivals? Discuss.
  16. This is fun: The story behind the hoax of COVID-19/5G nanochip schematics which was actually a diagram of a guitar pedal.
  17. And can birds play electric guitars? Yes. Yes, they can. (One more from 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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