Random music news for Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Looks like Brits measure things a lot like Canadians do. What can we take from music news for September 21, 2021?

  1. Universal Music Group, the world’s biggest record labels, goes public today on the stock market. The company could be worth US$69 billion or more.
  2. The Sam Roberts Band has had to cancel their fall tour of Canada. COVID restrictions are too much.
  3. These neighbourhoods are in line to maybe become new entertainment districts for Toronto.
  4. Toronto’s El Mocambo has reopened to in-person concerts for the first time since 2014.
  5. Meanwhile, Toronto’s Silver Dollar has been rebuilt to its original specifications. Good.
  6. More crossover between Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers: Josh Klinghoffer is now with Pearl Jam has a touring guitarist.
  7. Classical music 1, Jimi Hendrix 0. Too bad.
  8. A very worthy read: In defense of Nickelback.
  9. Metallica’s black album is back in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart after its 30th-anniversary reiusse.
  10. More Christmas music. It’s still officially summer.
  11. Bytedance, owners of TikTok, are planning their own streaming service called Feile. Details here. (Trust me. That’s what it says.)
  12. If you’re a Rush fan, you’re going to want to check this out.

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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