Random music news for Friday, November 19, 2021

Nanobots are now real. This will freak out the tinfoil hat people. The music news for November 19, 2021, is nowhere near that alarming.

  1. How did punk shows not devolve into the death and destructive that we saw with the Astroworld Festival. It was because of this.
  2. Sting might be the next to sell is catalogue. The rumoured price is US$250 million.
  3. Meanwhile, Elton John says he’ll never sell his song catalogue.
  4. Iman will never re-marry after the death of husband David Bowie.
  5. Some interesting history: How Bob Dylan landed his first recording session.
  6. Gossip: Shawm Mendes and Camila Cabello have broken up.
  7. Streaming music service Tidal is adding a free tier to compete more directly with Spotify.
  8. Apple will soon allow us to fix out own devices. This is a response to the growing “right to repair” movement.
  9. Ed Sheeran + Pokemon Go = This.
  10. Can 12,000 people play the same classical music piece for five minutes? We’ll see.
  11. More conspicuous consumption from Drake.
  12. COVID restrictions are hell for Canadian bands who need to jump back and forth across the border.
  13. Using NFTs in a band contest? WTF? (Via Peter)
  14. Here’s an interesting report about how music is being used on UK TV.
  15. If you’re in the radio business like me, you’ll find this column on the state of radio interesting.

BONUS: Oh. So that’s why pot smells that way.

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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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