Random music news for Wednesday, September 8, 2021

  1. A metal bassist stopped a possible mass shooting at a gig in Boise, Idaho. He got shot for his troubles, but he’ll be fine.
  2. How big is TikTok? It has passed YouTube for average watch time in both the US and the UK.
  3. I like this: Australian music stars team up for a “vax the nation” campaign.
  4. If your Google Clock alarm didn’t go off and you slept in, it could be Spotify’s fault.
  5. Those two new ABBA singles might not be selling, but pre-orders for their reunion album are breaking records in some territories.
  6. And in case you still need more information about the ABBA reunion, here you go. (Via Sean)
  7. It’s not your imagination: Critics are more timid these days.
  8. It’s Grandpa Weller now.
  9. Pakistani BTS fans bought a billboard at a busy intersetction in the city of Gujranwala. It was removed within 24 hours because it “promoted homosexuality.”
  10. A Lego Stratocaster? Yep. (Via Tom)
  11. Here are some fascinating stats about radio and podcast listeners.
  12. And the Sex Pistols just keep fighting with Johnny Lydon.
  13. Would you see a music movie like this? Pass.
  14. We’re going to get two new South Park movies by the end of the year. Sweeeet.
  15. There’s a new model in the Technics SL-1200 family of turntables. Also sweeet.

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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