Random music news for Thursday, May 20, 2021

  1. If you’re an REM fan, you’ll want this new demo reissue.
  2. Spotify will start auto-transcribing podcasts over the next few weeks.
  3. And Spotify is getting into the business of livestreaming.
  4. Coldplay wants to use emojis in their song titles. The streaming platforms said “no.”
  5. Where are all the Apple Stores? Here.
  6. The music industry helped the Democrats win Georgia. Here’s how.
  7. No Iceland at Eurovision this year. The singer tested positive for COVID.
  8. Johnny Lydon hard to work with? Really? What a shock.
  9. Talinda Bennington, widow of Chester, was on with Anderson Cooper the other night talking about suicide.
  10. Instagram has added merch sales opportunities–for some artists.
  11. MC Kevin, a Brazilian music star, fell to his death from a fifth-story hotel balcony trying to avoid his wife so she wouldn’t find out he was having a threesome.
  12. William Shatner: Still going at 90.
  13. This Boney M track from 1978 is suddenly back thanks to TikTok.
  14. Cher: The biopic.

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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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