Random music news for Saturday, June 5, 2021

Why is Venus so awful? We might soon find out. Meanwhile, here’s some music news for June 5, 2021.

  1. Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has a new movie role.
  2. Well, this was dumb to begin with.
  3. Uh-oh. TikTok is now collecting biometric data from users, including “faceprints and voiceprints.
  4. Twitter has launched a new paid-for service in Canada called “Twitter Blue.”
  5. Universal Music is selling 10% of itself to a financial group.
  6. A brief history of music and wrestling.
  7. Manager Scooter Braun has been hit with a US$200 million lawsuit over one of his deals. Taylor Swift is laughing.
  8. How about this sex-drugs-and-rock-n-roll party game?
  9. Well, that didn’t go well, did it?
  10. NOW this song makes sense. (Via Tom)
  11. Still more Beatles history: Their time in India.
  12. A group of country radio stations in the US has been hit by a ransomware attack.
  13. A new book on Daft Punk is on the way.
  14. The “Macarena” villa is now an Airbnb.

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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