Random music news for Thursday, January 28, 2021

Need a nap after lunch? You will be doing your boss a favour (and yourself, too). I have a quick nap every day, so I’m apparently doing it right. Let’s try some music news for January 28, 2021.

  1. Chris Murphy of Sloan has been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy.
  2. Want to buy one of Phil Collins’ gold records? His ex-wife is selling them off.
  3. This is worrisome: 76% of British musicians will stop touring the EU because of the Brexit rules.
  4. And British musicians will now have to LICENSE livestream broadcasts? They’re not happy.
  5. If you’re not already in the habit, you should start listening to full albums. Here’s why.
  6. A new report says that the top 1% of podcasts get 99% of the downloads.
  7. SXSW will be virtual this year. Will people pay US$249 to attend?
  8. The process of buying beats online is a complicated and messy business. Rolling Stone reports.
  9. Spotify is helping out with school zones in Australia. It’s an interesting project.
  10. Ecstasy and shrooms: Not just for concerts anymore. See? (Via Andrew)
  11. Fun! Computer magazines from the 1980s.
  12. Dave Grohl and his daughter could make an interesting musical team. And it could happen.
  13. There’s now a compilation album called Dad Rock. If you’re of a certain age, you might find the tracklisting a little shocking.
  14. This Eddie Van Halen mural is bound to be a tourist attraction.
  15. New music vs. classic rock: The battle intensifies.
  16. YouTube says it’s paid creators US$30 billion over the last three years.

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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