Random music news for Monday, May 3, 2021

Let’s start the week with 99 pieces of advice that everyone should heed. (Via Walter) Once you digest that, here’s music news for May 3, 2021.

  1. This is a must-read: How TikTok chooses which songs and videos become hits.
  2. Speaking of TikTok, here’s an interesting way the platform is being used by domestic workers in the Gulf.
  3. Marilyn Manson vows to fight new allegations of sexual assault and trafficking.
  4. They were raving in Liverpool again to test out COVID transmission. (Via Sean)
  5. Anyone else miss crowdsurfers?
  6. Britney’s father contends she might have “dementia.” Thanks, dad.
  7. The Grammys have abolished “secret committees” when it comes to nominations. About time.
  8. Into audio? These are some of the most expensive studios you can buy.
  9. Tom Jones has become the oldest man (he’s 80) to have a number one album in the UK.
  10. This is fun: Mel Blanc goes shopping for records in Los Angeles back in the day. (Via Tom)
  11. Johnny Lydon vs. the snowflakes.
  12. Jay-Z is making US$350 million by selling Tidal.
  13. How much do the tech giants like Apple make per minute? A lot.
  14. One of the world’s oldest surviving venues is getting a high-tech floor. Can you guess which venue? (Via Sean)\
  15. Sound effecting my mom.”

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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