Random music news for Thursday, December 17, 2020

Yep. That’s about right.

On to music news for December 17, 2020.
  1. Covidiots. What were you thinking?
  2. It’s official: We’ve run out of things to make TV shows about. Someone is adapting Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s sex tape for a TV series.
  3. Speaking of TV, Scott Stapp of Creed is going to play Frank Sinatra(!!!) in an upcoming Ronald Reagan biopic. (Via Tom)
  4. Not many musicians made Forbes’ list of highest-paid celebrities in 2020.
  5. The Hives are going on a world tour without leaving Sweden. Wait–what?
  6. Jay-Z has launched Monogram, his cannabis brand, with pre-rolled joints that cost US$50 each.
  7. How is the whole working-from-home thing helping radio? Here’s a look at that.
  8. Playlists for seniors to help during the pandemic.
  9. “Artists who don’t repurpose their music are leaving money on the table.” Discuss.
  10. AI and music continue to come together. Check out this AI-friendly music site called DeepMusi.ai.
  11. Lorde says that her next album was inspired by a trip to Antarctica.
  12. This is some SERIOUS drumming! Wow. (Via Danny)
  13. Gil Moore of Triumph and I were on Tony Clement’s news program talking about the future of music after the pandemic. Watch here.
  14. Amazon vs. Detroit music history. Jeff Bezos should read this. (Via Andrew)
  15. Drake has a Lego version of his Bridle Path mansion in Toronto.
  16. Worth a listen: Important lessons musicians can learn from 2020.
  17. Need some reading over the holidays? Here’s a list of some of the year’s best music books.

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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