Random music news for Monday, March 8, 2021

The latest crisis? Sexist dictionaries. Moving on to music news for March 8, 2021.

  1. It’s International Women’s Day. Here are some women in the music business who have made a difference.
  2. Margaret Atwood is part of a project that honours musical women killed by their partners.
  3. Meanwhile, Billie Eilish had to get a restraining order against a stalker.
  4. The Rock in Rio Festivals in Brazil and Portugal have been canceled for 2021.
  5. But Tel Aviv had a concert for hundreds of Israelis…
  6. …and Quebec is looking to reopen live performance venues.
  7. Metallica made a big donation to help victims of the Texas storms.
  8. The performers for Sunday’s Grammy Awards have been announced.
  9. Where’s the music business going in 2021? Read this.
  10. Evan Dando of The Lemonheads lost his wallet in a drug store. When they found and returned it, he performed a free show in the aisle.
  11. Not music-related, but useful: Which internet speed test is best for you?
  12. Tony Hendra, who played the manager in Spinal Tap, has died at 79.
  13. This isn’t good. Writers for NOW Magazine are having a hard time getting paid. (Via Andrew)
  14. Would you call this investing in precious metal? (Via Sean)
  15. The Wiggles have covered Tame Impala. Okay… (Via Sean again)
  16. …and these metal stars have covered Depeche Mode.
  17. Bruno Mars has a new clothing line with Lacoste. (Via Sean)
  18. Back to Tame Impala: There was just a sold-out show in Australia.
  19. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has turned his first tweet into an NFT which he auctioned off.

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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