Random music news for Wednesday, July 7, 2021

I’ve long maintained that I have a black ball of infinite density somewhere in my abdomen where I keep all my stress. This new blood test will measure black balls. Maybe it’ll tell me when I’ll finally blow. A nice image to start music news for July 7, 2021.

  1. So now Britney is retiring?
  2. On a related note, here’s another singer who says she’s being prevented from living her life.
  3. Cool! How to record some classic drum sounds (Nirvana, Zeppelin, Beatles, and more).
  4. Need inspiration for a new song? A lot of artists are looking to space.
  5. Will KISS be bought by some conglomerate? That’s one prediction.
  6. Bruce Springsteen’s daughter made the US Olympic equestrian team.
  7. What a surprise: Morrissey compares COVID lockdowns to slavery. And then he’s complaining about always being treated like a scientific experiment.
  8. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary the release of Queen’s greatest hits album, it will probably end up at #1 on the British charts this week.
  9. In South Korea, K-pop is turbocharging streaming. This is a surprise?
  10. Are you a songwriter? What makes the perfect lyric? Read this.
  11. Can we connect Led Zeppelin to Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island? Apparently. (Via Sean)
  12. Remember that NFT sale by A Tribe Called Quest last month? They say they had nothing to do with it.
  13. Meanwhile, Katy Perry is all-in for another type of NFT.
  14. I’ve written about this bit of Beatles history before: How Canada accidentally broke up the band.

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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