Random music news for Friday, March 5, 2021

SpaceX Starship go BOOM! Now some not-quite-as-explosive music news for March 5, 2021.

  1. Ian Brown of the Stone Roses is against COVID vaccination requirements. Great.
  2. First Dolly Parton turned “Jolene” into “Vaccine” to encourage people to get their COVID-19 shots. Now someone has taken Bob Marley’s “Jamming” and turned it into “Jabbing.
  3. New York is reopening music venues with limited audiences. Is that a good idea?
  4. Machine Gun Kelly’s drummer was robbed, assaulted, and hit by a car. He’ll be fine.
  5. Here’s more on the MA on The Beatles being offered by Liverpool University. It costs £9,000 ($15,800) or £18,900 $33,300) for overseas students.
  6. Speaking of academic things, this neuroscientist wanted to know if he could make zebrafish dance to MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.” It’s science, brah.
  7. They don’t make expensive music videos like this anymore.
  8. Wow. I need to learn more about grunge pioneer Tina Bell. Who? That’s the problem.
  9. A Janet Jackson documentary is in the works.
  10. Jay-Z has sold a majority interest in Tidal, in his streaming music service, to Square for US$297 million. The buyer? Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
  11. And speaking of that sale, how much do Tidal’s musical partners (including Jack White) stand to make?
  12. The app with the most in-app purchases in February? TikTok with over US$110 million.
  13. How big is Rod Stewart’s model train collection? It took seven shipping containers to transport it.
  14. This woman immigrated to Canada from India. Here’s how she came to understand Canada’s love of The Tragically Hip.
  15. This is a good watch: Dre the Music Man.
  16. Pussy Riot is back with a wild video.
  17. And is the Mars Volta coming back? Well, kind of.

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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