Random music news for Friday, May 7, 2021

Microsoft to Calibri: “Buh-bye.” The company now needs help choosing a new default font. Consider that while you browse music news for May 7, 2021.

  1. When will love music make a comeback in Canada? Read this on Live Nation Canada and then this story from the CBC.
  2. Even more #MeToo problems for Marilyn Manson.
  3. A new study of American music consumption says that the popularity of pop and hip-hop is up while country is down. Alternative is about static.
  4. Amazingly, American radio stations still don’t pay performers for airplay.
  5. Tommy Lee of Motley Crue has a new house with a koi pond.
  6. Meanwhile, the “castle” where Phil Spector murdered Lana Clarkson has sold for US$3.3 million.
  7. Megan Thee Stallion is going to host a show on celebrity pets on Snapchat.
  8. Paul McCartney is getting his own postage stamp in the UK.
  9. UB40 says that back in the day, MI5 was tapping their phones. (Via Sean)
  10. Deadmau5 has a new dance label with a different sort of business model.
  11. Okay, I gotta read this new series of music books.
  12. Simon Ward, the frontman for Strumbellas, talks about his battle with depression.
  13. Tegan and Sara’s memoir High School will be turned into a TV series of Amazon.
  14. Billboard and Twitter have launched a new music chart to follow “hot trending” songs on Twitter.
  15. Clubhouse is looking to invent something called “radio.”
  16. Ed Sheeran is ready for some football.
  17. Drake is giving away some of his candles through Uber this weekend.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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