Random music news for Tuesday, March 16, 2021

This is odd. The number of twins being born has hit a record high. Why? Ponder that while you check out music news for March 16, 2021.

  1. The TV ratings for the Grammy Awards dropped by HALF from 2020.
  2. An important read: How the digitized world changed music forever. (Via Phil)
  3. Despite COVID-19, the global music business grew by US$1.5 billion in 2020.
  4. Some politicians in Minnesota want to name a highway after Prince. Why not?
  5. I missed this with the Academy Awards nominations: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are up for TWO Oscars.
  6. Fun timesuck: How many anagrams can be made from the name of your favourite musician? For Paul McCartney, it’s 8,435. For John Lennon, it’s zero. What? (Via Paul)
  7. The Aphex Twin just sold some NFT artwork for US$128,000.
  8. Wow, this is awful: A 1972 Richard Nixon campaign song.
  9. This app allows you to play five classic synths on your phone.
  10. Spotify has taken down Ian Brown’s anti-lockdown song.
  11. The RIAA has launched some takedown notices against Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music. Wait–what?
  12. Robots are now coming for rappers. See?
  13. This is good: The A-Z of music marketing.
  14. These guitars are real. But should they be?

BONUS: This three-storey monster was up at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto over the weekend.

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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