Random music news for Wednesday, January 19, 2022

She has two? And she’s also a sex worker? Wow. Let’s see if I can match that with music news for January 19, 2022.

  1. The Canadian Live Music Association has introduced a national guide for COVID-19 and concerts.
  2. The Grammy Awards will take place in Las Vegas on April 3.
  3. Spotify is still the world leader in streaming wtih more paying subscribers than any other company. But its market share is declining.
  4. Interesting: You know when someone punctuates something bad by going “Dun-dun-DUUUNNN?” Where did that come from? Here’s an explanation.
  5. Yes, you can die from an ecstasy overdose.
  6. Cool! The 40 greatest synth sounds of all time.
  7. This woman just got a record deal–at the age of 97.
  8. In the first half of January, The Weeknd had 705 million streams on Spotify. That’s more than anyone. Yet his new album did not debut at #1 in the US. Strange.
  9. Here’s a fun musical takedown of Boris Johnson and his “Partygate” scandal. It features Rage Against the Machine, too.
  10. Only in Las Vegas: Watch a Michael Jackson impersonator fight with some random dude on Freemont Street.
  11. A Weird Al biopic? Starring Harry Potter? Apparently.]
  12. Lady Gaga’s super-fan community, the Little Monsters, has their own NFTs because of course.
  13. Did the world really need a vegan violin? (Via Tom)
  14. That’s an interesting admission from Bono.
  15. This likes a lot of sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll: The Casablanca Records story.

BONUS: My LSD-induced affair with a pigeon.

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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.

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