Random music news for Monday, December 21, 2020

Would you like some Baby Yoda with that Google search? You’re welcome. Here’s another round of music news, this time for December 21, 2020.

  1. A good question: Why is so much of the Christmas music we hear today from the 1940s and 1950s?
  2. How has the pandemic changed the music industry? Let’s count the ways.
  3. Here’s how Instagram’s algorithm works.
  4. There’s a mysterious radio signal coming from Proxima Centauri. Has The Three-Body Problem come to life?
  5. Paul McCartney: “Give me the vaccine!” Still, he’s not very optimistic about there being a Glastonbury 2021.
  6. Megan Thee Stallion is giving away bitcoin on Twitter.
  7. Lebanese singer Fadel Shaker has been sentenced to 22 years in jail for supporting a terrorist group. (Via Tom)
  8. Chinese giant Tencent just bought another 10% of Universal Music Group.
  9. Here are more music-based books from 2020 worth reading.
  10. Cracked phone screen? We might be using linseed oil soon to produce self-healing screens.
  11. Noel Gallagher vs. the Royal Family.
  12. Speaking of whom, the Meghan and Harry’s podcast deal with Spotify is apparently worth £30 million
  13. Spotify has launched a new songwriters hub.
  14. And the company has also patented a “spoken word analyzer” that will analyze song lyrics with AI.
  15. Clubhouse is an invitation-only chatroom app. Worth a look? (Via Dan)
  16. So how are those diversity initiatives going within the music industry? And Black artists may have received unfair record deals? Quelle suprise…

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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