Random music news for Thursday, August 5, 2021

Well, this just made the prospect of dating more interesting–and terrifying. Distract yourself from that by browsing through music news for August 5, 2021.

  1. Remember that smartass who tried to sell a Ziplock bag of air from last month’s Kanye album listening party? Yeah, well, they goit US$7,600 for it.
  2. Fall Out Boy has pulled out of two gigs on the Hella Mega Tour because a member of the entourage tested positive for COVID.
  3. Noel Gallagher is taking a gig as a radio DJ.
  4. Neal Schon of Journey auctioned off some of his guitars. He made US$4.2 million.
  5. Worried that your headphones just aren’t expensive enough? Try these.
  6. Donald Trump vs. Joe Perry of Aerosmith.
  7. Spotify is trying out a new tier for users.
  8. This is important to the future of music: A&R data wars.
  9. And this is fascinating: two-thirds of all listens to streams are to catalogue songs. What does that say about contemporary music?
  10. Related: What happens when digital music just goes away?
  11. Here’s a good interview with produer Steve Lillywhite.
  12. Sony is off to a very good start in 2021. See?
  13. And so did Warner Music Group.
  14. The next group to get into NFTs? Blondie.
  15. Love record stores? Then take a look at LoveRecordStores.com.

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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.

One thought on “Random music news for Thursday, August 5, 2021

  • August 5, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    The article on music being lost forever because the megacorps not caring, and the people who only stream their music and the ever present possibility of disastrous loss was quite good.

    I once joined MySpace because my former landlord had a brilliant daughter who was quite talented and had music on MySpace. I’d no idea that they had a data loss situation.

    I think I’d gone through a quite lengthy process at that point to have my account deleted due to their privacy and security policies. One of my first strikes in that area which I find rather amusing because it only just came back to me as I wrote this.


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