Random music news for Tuesday, April 13, 2021

There’s now a board game for cats. Please enjoy. And now, music news for April 13, 2021.

  1. Here’s an ask for all music fans: Write the government asking for more COVID support for the live music industry.
  2. Teenage Head/Killjoys drummer Gene Champagne has been released from hospital after a really tough COVID fight.
  3. Here are a few things you need to know about Spotify’s new voice controls.
  4. You know what’s doing well on Spotify during the pandemic? EDM. People are raving at home, I guess.
  5. Remember when Phoebe Bridgers smashed her guitar on SNL? It was auctioned off for US$10,000.
  6. How is the Canadian owner of HMV UK doing? Very well, thank you.
  7. Remember Gabby Giffords, the congresswoman who was shot in the head by an assassin? She’s using music to rewire her brain.
  8. Study: 28% of Canadian bands found to be the Arkells. Oh, wait
  9. Brian Johnson of AC/DC has a memoir coming in October called The LIves of Brian.
  10. Madonna just bought The Weeknd’s house.
  11. Janet Jackson plans to auction off her wedding dress.
  12. Payola in the UK!
  13. This seems like a bit much, doesn’t it? Or is that just me?
  14. That is a long time between albums.

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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