Random music news for Thursday, April 8, 2021

Great. Now we’re on the CDC’s shit list. WHERE ARE OUR VACCINES? COME ON, GOVERNMENTS! Now that my rant is over, let’s get to music news for April 8, 2021.

  1. The debate over COVID passports for concerts is heating up.
  2. Can emerging new brain tech turn you into a music superstar? That may not be so far-fetched.
  3. Meanwhile, this robot rapper has nine million followers and over a billion views on TikTok. Here’s the story of FN Meka.
  4. If you’re into this whole NFT phenomenon, you’d better read this.
  5. And speaking of which, this is just stupid.
  6. Famed movie composer Hans Zimmer is now working on smartphone ringtones.
  7. Rapper DMX is still not doing well after his OD. He’s going to undergo a brain function test.
  8. Here’s another sign that the music industry is waking up to the mental health crisis.
  9. The global value of music copyright is now up to US$31.6 billion. No wonder music royalties have become a hot thing for investors.
  10. If you’re a musician, it’s easy to handle people who love you. But what about the people who think you suck?
  11. This is good: “Inside the Dirty Business of Hit Songwriting.” (Via Pamela)

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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