Random music news for Monday, March 1, 2021

Worried about the rise of deep fake videos? If you’re not, you will be after watching this. If you’re still with me after that, here’s music news for March 1, 2021.

  1. Lady Gaga will pay for her dog walker’s medical expenses, which are at US$97,000 after he was shot walking her two dogs.
  2. Now the FBI is looking at the #MeToo allegations against Marilyn Manson.
  3. Taylor Swift has canceled all tour dates. The pandemic, obviously.
  4. Meanwhile, UK’s Reading Festival sold out after the government said that festivals could resume after June 21.
  5. And in Toronto, here’s what we know about summer events so far.
  6. This one time? At band camp? (Via Tom)
  7. So Kia probably won’t be making the Apple car, but it could make the Apple scooter.
  8. Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons did a good thing.
  9. A good read: The importance (and brilliance) of the McDonalds “I’m Lovin’ It” jingle.
  10. Data gathered from fans can be a goldmine for artists. Here’s why.
  11. This symbol of the British rave years has been co-opted by lockdown deniers. (Via Sean)
  12. Whisky and drums! (Via Chris)
  13. Jon Schaffer, the guitarist with Iced Earth who stormed the US Capitol in January, is still in jail.
  14. Kanye spent US$12 million on his silly presidential bid.
  15. Tom Morello is now in the movie business.
  16. If you’re a fan of The Who, you’ll want to look at this new box set for The Who Sell Out with 46 unheard songs.
  17. More artists are getting to this whole “NFT” (non-fungible tokens) thing. (Sean again)
  18. Finally, 75 years ago, the world’s first proper modern computer made its debut.

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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