Random music news for Thursday, May 5, 2022

George Carlin had something to say about the current abortion situation in America. Anyone else miss him a lot? Let’s try music news for May 5, 2022.

  1. Drake has signed a deal with Universal Music worth a reported US$400 million. Wow.
  2. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber has been banned by Ferrari from buying or driving any of its cars for being such a jerk.
  3. Pearl Jam paid tribute to Taylor Hawkins at the opening of their Gigaton tour in San Diego.
  4. Facebook says they’re done with podcasting. But were they ever really into it?
  5. Define “Canadian.” I dare you.
  6. Kanye West is being sued by a Texas pastor over an uncleared sample.
  7. Want to know what it’s like to be a big-time band manager? Read this.
  8. “What’s the true purpose of the pop music documentary?” Discuss.
  9. On that topic, there’s going to be a Cyndi Lauper documentary soon.
  10. And this looks good: A multi-episode documentary on the rise of alt-rock in the 90s.
  11. This violin could see for US$20 million at auction.
  12. RIP Canadian guitarist Walter Rossi.
  13. Universal music had a KILLER Q1. Streaming revenues were up US$1.35 billion, which is a year-over-year increase of 14.6%.
  14. A climate change conference in London is going to be hosted by…Billie Eilish.
  15. Related to that is a new app from Coldplay that will help fans reduce their carbon footprint as they travel to their shows.
  16. Good one, Joan Jett.

BONUS: These books are literally poison.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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