Random music news for Saturday, July 31, 2021

On “vacation” again for the next week, but that doesn’t mean the music news stops, does it? Here’s what’s happening on July 31, 2021.

  1. Lollapalooza, 30 years later.
  2. Marilyn Manson is trying to mount a defence against all those sexual assault accusations.
  3. Radio edits: We all hate them, but…
  4. A fan of Facebook? If you’re like most users, you spend half your time on videos.
  5. This is weird: Japan’s virtual YouTube stars
  6. …and this Chinese virtual star just signed a major label deal in China.
  7. How big a deal is BTS to the South Korean economy? VERY big.
  8. Planning to launch a podcast? What are you going to call it? This AI name generator may help.
  9. Here’s an odd and disturbing use of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.”
  10. So how do we feel about Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse as holograms? As this article says, “They didn’t consent to this.”
  11. Um, Britney?
  12. Here’s a fun look at the world of psychobilly. Coincidentally the saxophonist for King Kurt is now an artisan in Toronto selling beautifully refubished chess sets.
  13. Remember the Winklevoss twins (the Winklevii?) from the Facebook battle against Mark Zuckerberg? They now have a band.
  14. A serious question: “What exactly makes Nickelback’s music so popular?
  15. David Hassellhoff has covered Iggy Pop. No, really.
  16. It looks like Shakira can face those tax evasion charges in Spain.

BONUS: This wins as the weirdest online game I’ve ever seen.

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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