Random music news for Saturday, August 21, 2021

The Tesla AI Robot is here. Because of course it is. Moving on to music news for August 21, 2021.

  1. Nine Inch Nails has canceled all dates of the 2021 tour. Why? COVID.
  2. Neil Young has pulled out of Farm Aid. COVID.
  3. BTS has canceled their world tour. COVID.
  4. And more and more artists are taking the resurgence of COVID seriously. See?
  5. Oh, and about today’s concert for 60,000 people in New York City’s Central Park…
  6. People are trying to figure out where Bob Dylan was during a period in 1965 to get to the bottom of some sexual abuse allegations.
  7. These rock and metal videos would never be made today.
  8. Another big award is coming to the Foo Fighters.
  9. Soundscapes, one of my favourite Toronto record stores, is closing. Here’s what the rent will be for the new tenants.
  10. Lana Del Rey: “Release more of my music once I’m dead? NO WAY.”
  11. Blues Traveler was in a tour bus crash. Fortunately, there were just minor injuries.
  12. The Weeknd is doing well. He just bought a US$70 million house in LA.
  13. Noel Gallagher says he plans to stop drinking. Soon. Really.
  14. Is music curation a bad idea? There’s a case for that.
  15. Spotify is removing its original podcasts from rival platforms.
  16. Instagram is testing Reels on Facebook (Instagram is owned by Facebook). This is a shot at TikTok.
  17. OnlyFans is turning its back on porn and sexually-explicit content.

BONUS: Even U2 was rejected by record labels in their early days. (Via Eric Alper through Edneve)

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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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