Random music news for Thursday, July 29, 2021

A COVID vaccine in a pill? We could be close to one. Consider that as we go through music news for July 29, 2021.

  1. Adele has accepted an offer to do a residency in Las Vegas. She’ll allegedly be paid £100,000 a night.
  2. Queens of the Stone Age has pulled out of Reading and Leeds. Sounds like it was too complicated to get there with COVID.
  3. Mark Hoppus of blink-182 picked up a bass for the first time since his cancer diagnosis.
  4. Lil Uzi Vert has re-implanted that US$24 million diamond in his forehead.
  5. Extreme hot weather is ruining shipments of vinyl records.
  6. The legal action between Johnny Lydon and the rest of the Sex Pistols is ugly.
  7. Movie director John Waters: “Country music made me gay.”
  8. Corey Taylor of Slipknot: Anyone who goes to concerts without being vaccinated “is a f*’ ***hole.” Yep.
  9. Instagram’s Reels now supports 60-second videos.
  10. How to spot fake music data.
  11. In the second quarter of 2021, YouTube’s advertising revenue grew 84% to US$7 billion.
  12. Meanwhile, Apple blew away all expections with their Q2 report.
  13. And WOW, did Universal make a lot of money in the first half of 2021. Streaming revenue was up by almost 30%.
  14. Another musician is suffering from hearing problems.
  15. An album from a band from my youth in Winnipeg has finally made it to CD after 40 years. It’s The Pumps and the Gotta Move album.
  16. New! Jack White Art and Design. (Via Mike)

BONUS: I was a guest on the Social Animals podcast. Listen here.

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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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