Random music news for Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Fun fact (via Sean): Magicians have been sawing women in half for a hundred years now. Who knew? Now educate yourself with some music news for January 13, 2021.

  1. Virtual concerts are the new music videos. Discuss.
  2. Director Danny Boyle has been hired to helm a biopic series on the Sex Pistols.
  3. Do the playlists on your iOS device look boring? Try Demin!
  4. Here are five facts about the famous theme song from Jeopardy.
  5. Alex Trebek dressed up as a member of KISS? It happened. (Via Tom)
  6. Sony is now in the smart speaker game.
  7. Talk radio hosts has been told by their employers to cut out the election fraud rants.
  8. There’s been another big purchase of a songwriting catalogue, this time many of the songs of three-time Grammy award-winning songwriter, Ryan Tedder.
  9. How could you play this thing? A 20-string(!!!) Mountain Dew-inspired guitar.
  10. Well, this is encouraging. Thanks, Dr. Fauci! Let’s hope you’re right.
  11. Well, this COVID concert experiment turned out well. But I’ll still wait for a vaccination.]
  12. In gadget news, there’s this. Ew.
  13. Spotify is now worth US$67 billion. That’s a 3x increase in ten months.
  14. Speaking of Spotify, want to share your playlists with your kids? Here’s how.
  15. This report is in Chinese, but it says that 52% of all Chinese musicians don’t make any money from music.

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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