Random music news for Friday, April 17, 2020

Remember when we were excited to see Friday come along? But if you’re stuck inside, it’s just another day wearing the same t-shirt. There is, however, music news to discuss. Here’s what’s happening on April 17, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Germany’s Rock am Ring, Wacken, and Rock Im Park have all been cancelled.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Fyre Festival fraudster Billy McFarland wants early release from his six-year prison term because of COVID-19.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding is leading a campaign to distribute phones to the homeless so they can keep in touch during the crisis.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Rihanna sent a ventilator to her dad when he tested positive.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Ed Sheeran is donating like crazy at home in Suffolk.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: What will radio look like once all this is over? Discuss.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: Numeris, the Canadian radio ratings company, says that radio listening is up 4% from February to March.
  8. Coronavirus update 8: YouTube creators are seeing declining revenue.
  9. Slower internet connection? A survey suggests that 38% of Canadians are feeling that because so many people are working from home.
  10. Kanye says he was a “functioning alcoholic.”
  11. Well, that’s one way to keep the kids busy during the lockdown…
  12. Abbey Road Studios has launched a new mentoring program.

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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