Random music news for Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Today’s Groundhog Day? So what? The last year has been nothing but Groundhog Days. And there are still a lot more to come. I hate COVID. I do love bring you music news, though. Here’s what’s happening for February 2, 2021.

  1. How about a guitar made out of 5,000 coffee beans? You heard me. (Via John)
  2. Tony Bennett has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
  3. There’s a doc coming on the one-and-only Sparks. There’s nothing like Sparks out there. See?
  4. The Ronnie James Dio autobiography is almost here, eleven years after he died of stomach cancer. Wait–autobiography?
  5. The rise of “social audio” (think Clubhouse). Read more here. (Via Peter)
  6. Is COVID an opportunity to reset the music industry? Discuss.
  7. This isn’t helping, Olivia Newton-John.
  8. Now THIS is heavy metal! (You’ll see what I mean when you click the link.)
  9. Printed paper speakers? Cool.
  10. Bridgeton on TikTok–and now Broadway?
  11. Streaming platform Deezer now offers a search-by-lyrics feature.
  12. The Super Bowl has once again sold out of ad time. It’s US$5.5 million per 30 seconds.
  13. Marilyn Manson has been accused of abuse by Evan Rachel Wood and four other women. And now he’s been dropped by his label.
  14. Drake did a really, really nice thing.
  15. The Clash’s Sandinista album: A mess? A masterpiece? Both? Discuss.
  16. Another one: Are DJs real musicians? Discuss.
  17. Now THIS is cool tech. But what if you cross the streams? Anything?
  18. Grimes waxes poetic about the current stock market mania.

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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