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Random music news for Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Now COVID can trigger diabetes? Great. Can I get a vaccine yet? Distract yourself with music news for March 23, 2021.

  1. So many musicians have jumped into NFTs. Let’s rank these efforts.
  2. This company has become the first to release a concert as an NFT. Yeah, my head hurts, too.
  3. John Cleese has an NFT bridge he’d like to sell you. (Via Sean)
  4. And here’s me talking about NFTs on the radio. Again.
  5. On the topic of interviews, here’s me speaking with Greg Godovitz at last Saturday’s Music Expo.
  6. Good bit of history: The Assassination of John Lennon. (Via Noah)
  7. Timesuck: The world’s first video game in a font.
  8. Meghan Trainor just got a deal for…a sitcom?
  9. This is a good deep dive into Hipgnosis, one of the companies buying up song catalogues for big dollars.
  10. Can a venue that’s been closed for 25 years be reopened? Maybe.
  11. Mashed Sabbath.
  12. “The 10 biggest classic rock douchebags.” Discuss.
  13. Should you get rid of your CDs? Discuss that, too.
  14. On the occasion of his 90th birthday (which was yesterday), William Shatner has announced an AI version of himself. I wonder if it sings?
  15. And here come the drive-in concerts for 2021.

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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One thought on “Random music news for Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  • I don’t know what percentage of people who follow Alan in all his various outlets fall in terms of music buying/streaming etc. That would make a great survey all by itself. I think it would be another interesting survey to find out if those who are moving to those streaming platforms or devices and what proportion of those are paid vs unpaid and maybe even a pricepoint chart. That..ooh vs those who don’t and just how much music those people buy in general and how much they pay and what format they buy – broken down. That would be a great side-by-side survey. No idea what was supposed to come after that. I distracted myself. Heck, all of this has probably been done before (to death, I Imagine) but I’m still new to the blog.

    Tangent warning – ignore away:
    It reminds me of when I was in high school and there was this program called ROP (regional occupational program). Think of it as a glorified intern). I started the summer before my Junior year and did some quickie one semester jobs (the simpler the work, the faster the gig) and some longer one year jobs all through until I was a Senior. My first full-time job was as a front desk clear and they hired me the day after I finished my Junior year. Anyways. I did a sting doing window displays for a semester and we did a survey and so we did Fredericks of Hollywood which *was* a risque lingerie store at the time and we would track how many people who would stop and look at the display, how many people would walk on by and how many would go in based on what we could tell — by the display window specifically. It was loads of fun and we thought it was terribly scandalous. The naivete of youth.

    I love marketing stuff even still although I am about as far away from a suit as you can get. Back then, while not *quite* a suit, I desperately wanted to be out in the work world and in with the suits. More naivete and I blame it on the suburbs. Then again, I blame the rest on the suburbs too 😉 I got the hell out of dodge a few months after I graduated high school and never looked back. I had a great English teacher for Junior and Senior year that really helped me open my eyes to the world outside of the suburbs and outside of the States plus there was always music to take me away and expose me to new things.


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