Random music news for Thursday, May 6, 2021

Would you drink this wine if you could afford it? Think about that and pour yourself a glass as you read music news for May 6, 2021.

  1. A good read: 10 hard and awful truths about being an indie musician.
  2. The sale of Tidal is complete. Jay-Z sold it to Jack Dorsey (Twitter/Square) for US$302 million.
  3. The first full-capacity post-COVID concert event at the Royal Albert Hall will be James Blunt.
  4. Meanwhile, more than a quarter of UK festivals have been canceled this year over insurance fears. There are worries that the other 75% could follow.
  5. Warner Music announced they brought in US$772 million just from streaming in the first quarter of 2021.
  6. The last Conan O’Brien show will be on June 24. When he left NBC, he insisted on having the White Stripes as his last musical guest. Just sayin’…
  7. Can you copyright dance moves? This guy is gonna try.
  8. Bruce Springsteen will receive the 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize.
  9. Will iPhones soon support some sort of Hi-Res Audio? It’s possible.
  10. Bono, The Edge, and Martin Garrix have written a song for the UEFA Euro 2020 football tournament. Yes, the 2020 event. It was canceled last year because of COVID. Better late than never, right?
  11. This album sounds interesting. It was made with the sound of LEGO blocks.
  12. People are now watching a billion hours of YouTube content on TV screens every day.
  13. A study out of Oxford University could find no link between teens, tech, and mental health.
  14. A good read: “The Science and the Art of Vinyl.”
  15. This is an odd turn in a documentary on Aretha Franklin.

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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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