Random music news for Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Tattoos that light up? Yes–and they could be good for your health. Ponder that as you browse through music news for March 2, 2021.

  1. English rapper Slowthai says he’ll stop spitting in his fans’ mouths because of COVID. Wait–what?
  2. There are big sexual abuse and assault charges being leveled at TI and his wife.
  3. Takashi 6ix9ine continues to build a reputation as an awful person.
  4. Imagine using this technology to bring dead music stars back to life. (Via Sean)
  5. Hundreds of K-pop songs have disappeared from Spotify as the result of a licensing dispute.
  6. During the pandemic, it got so quiet that “the Earth could hear itself think” again. Discuss. (Sean again)
  7. Another discussion of the secret messages etched into the run-off grooves of some records. (Via Bill)
  8. This jazz drummer heard Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” once and then played it perfectly.
  9. There are a lot of celebrities getting into podcasts. When will that bubble burst?
  10. The Yorkville scene in Toronto in the 60s birthed Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, and a ton of other legendary performers. Is it time for a museum?
  11. The US music industry saw revenues grew in 2020 by 9.2% despite COVID. Credit streaming.
  12. Are these the weirdest albums EVER? (One more time from Sean)

BONUS: This. (Via Dave)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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