Random music news for Thursday, December 3, 2020

When we finally get back to traveling, I think I’m gonna get me one of these. Meanwhile, more pandemic distraction with music news for December 3, 2020.

  1. The date for Record Store Day 2021 has been announced: June 12.
  2. Barack Obama has one big musical regret. It might surprise you.
  3. If you’re a fan of 70s rock, this looks like an interesting new book.
  4. Travis Scott could make up to US$100 million this year–and not from music.
  5. Well, isn’t that convenient
  6. The latest update to the Amazon Music app allows for the streaming of music videos.
  7. Microsoft is selling its version of the ugly Christmas sweater.
  8. During the pandemic, four out of five adults are apparently playing video games.
  9. Speaking of the plague, YouTube has this fun page showing how people have used the platform this year.
  10. This copyright troll has been barred from practicing law. Good.
  11. Should Spotify use this Chinese model when it comes to paying artists?
  12. This band has REALLY figured out livesteaming: 14 shows over five months sold 300,000 tickets.
  13. Another fascinating story on Elektra Records on the label’s 70th anniversary.
  14. Want your place to smell like Drake? Now you can!
  15. Lady Gaga…Oreos? And pink and green ones?
  16. And finally, I was on this podcast talking about the future of music after the pandemic.

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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