Random music news for Thursday, March 11, 2021

Warp drive is possible! (And we didn’t need Zefram Cochrane, either.) Can First Contact be far behind? Let’s zip over to music news for March 11, 2021.

  1. If you’re a Canadian musician working through COVID, check out “The Day the Music Died,” an online event for the Canadian industry on the mental, physical, and financial toll of the pandemic. Register here.
  2. NFT madness: John Legere, the former CEO of T-Mobile, just bought one from Steve Aoki for US$888,888.88.
  3. Theory about the Lady Gaga dognappings: Was this part of a gang initiation?
  4. Zayn Malik has accused the Grammys of being open to bribery when it comes to nominations.
  5. This smart speaker can detect anyone in the room with an irregular heart rhythm. Cooooool.
  6. When it comes to his Meghan Markle comments, Sharon Osbourne has defended Piers Morgan.
  7. Stressed? Try Sona, a music therapy app.
  8. We will no longer subscribe to podcasts on Apple Music. Going forward, we will now follow them.
  9. This is worth a deep dive: Google and YouTube present the history of electronic music.
  10. If you need more history, try this on the history of Excel spreadsheets.
  11. After Harry and Meghan, Oprah’s next big interview was with Joe Biden’s dogs, Major and Champ. (Not really, but…) (Via Sean)
  12. Could Will Farrell end up being nominated for a Best Song at the Oscars? Maybe. And it wouldn’t be a bad thing. Seriously. (Sean again)
  13. This is wild: At least 120 million people are watching YouTube on their TV screens every month.
  14. Here’s a trailer for the upcoming HBO doc on Tina Turner.
  15. Photos of a Beatles concert in 1966 just sold for big bucks.

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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