Random music news for Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Anyone seen any signs of pumpkin spice latte creep? It’s been coming sooner and sooner each year… Skip that for now. Here’s music news for August 17, 2021.

  1. Not entirely music related, but we wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for the IBM PC that first appeared 40 years ago.
  2. Bob Dylan has a new #MeToo problem that’s actually 56 years in the making.
  3. And here come the concert cancelations for the fall. Why? COVID.
  4. The Foo Fighters are now requring vaccinations or negative test proof for some shows.
  5. Facebook has added social music to its offering. What could this mean?
  6. Here’s a decent history of the New Romantics scene in the UK.
  7. A book about Massey Hall is all set to come out in November.
  8. A Peleton class that features nothing but Disney hits? Yep.
  9. This would be an odd Beatles keepsake.
  10. Niche playlists on Spotify are a becoming a bigger and bigger thing for Gen Z.
  11. It appears that the next AI voice assistant will come from Sonos.
  12. This is an interesting Twitter account: “A song with every length, counting from 0:00:01 to as high as we can get.” Go here.
  13. The UK is trying to crack down on illegal ticket sales again.
  14. Do you have a podcast? Here’s some really interesting analysis that can help you use language better.
  15. Here comes a whole lot of Madonna.

More news? Check here.

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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