Random music news for Saturday, February 20, 2021

Worrisome news from Mars via Perseverance: Still no sign of Matt Damon. But there is music news for February 20, 2021

  1. Still MORE #MeToo allegations against Marilyn Manson.
  2. Dolly Parton to the state of Tennessee: “Thanks for the offer of a statue, but don’t.”
  3. What are NFTs and what do they have to do with music? Maybe this. (Via Bobby)
  4. Bono (and Al Gore) are investing in Canada.
  5. Remember MegaUpload and Kim Dotcom? More than 40,000 hours have been spent trying to extradite this guy.
  6. The Dating Game is coming back with Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton. No, really.
  7. AAA (Adult Album Alternative) charts turn 25.
  8. Do we really need to see Kacey Musgraves’ gall bladder?
  9. Here’s how Chrissie Hynde trolled Rush Limbaugh.
  10. This brand new CD player from McIntosh looks really, really cool–but because it’s a McIntosh, it’s really, really expensive.
  11. Remembering when Jarvis Cocker stage bombed Michael Jackson.
  12. The Weeknd has his own Super Bowl ring.
  13. Is this the most danceable track on Spotify?
  14. Nyan Cat is back as crypto art.
  15. Apple is working on a magnetic battery pack for charging iPhones.
  16. The Gravy Train–the idea of musicians come to your house with a food delivery to perform outside–is coming to Hamilton.
  17. On a semi-related note, this British musician opened a cafe that only employs struggling musicians.
  18. Interesting: Listening to Top 40 stations seems to be dropping. Why?
  19. If you’re a fan of TV production, this is definitely worth a look. And damn, what a great performance by the presenter.

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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