Random music news for Friday, May 21, 2021

Wait: There’s a strain of coronavirus that comes from…dogs? Eek. Contemplate that over the course of the first Canadian long weekend of the summer, starting with music news for May 21, 2021.

  1. It looks like Spotify is about to unveil its lossless audio files very soon. Might they beat Apple Music?
  2. Spotify has a new “fan study” that could be of use to creators.
  3. How to go to a concert now.
  4. A new doc looks at Toronto’s music scene during the pandemic.
  5. Lady Gaga opens up about being raped as a teenager. (Via Sean)
  6. Another Eurovision contestant has pulled out of the competition because of a positive COVID-19 test.
  7. Ground has been broken for the Universal Hip Hop Museum in New York.
  8. Here’s the story of Jayne County, the world’s first trans rock’n’roller.
  9. This map shows the highest-earning podcasts by country around the world.
  10. Ah. Another Beatles mystery!
  11. The grandfathers of UK drill music is…these guys? Really?
  12. Sonic bathing? Uh, okay.
  13. Here are some legal issues with music NFTs.
  14. In this interview, Quincy Jones looks back over his career.
  15. Is a new technological crisis coming for the music industry? Maybe.

Want more? Here’s yesterdays news.

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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