Random music news for Friday, April 3, 2020

Stay inside. Take it from Samuel L. Jackson.

And now, music news for Friday, April 3, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: This was an April Fool’s story, but knowing Dave Grohl, you kinda wanted to believe it. (Via Tom)
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Singer-songwriter John Prine seems to be recovering from COVID-19.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Sony has launched a fund worth US$100 million to help the entertainment industry.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Here’s another look at how COVID-19 has affected the concert industry.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: This nice: Taylor Swift is helping a famous Nashville indie record store during this crisis.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Justin Bieber has canceled 2020. (Well, not quite, but it’ll seem that way for his fans.)
  7. Coronavirus update 7: Dolly Parton is donating US$1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to help fund vaccine research.
  8. Coronavirus update 8: Soft 103.8/Kelowna is expected to stop broadcasting today, bankrupted by a soft advertising market caused by COVID-19.
  9. Coronavirus update 10: Here’s a list of celebrities who have died from the disease so far.
  10. Flavor Flav says that the Public Enemy hoax is a hoax. (I can’t keep all this straight, either.)
  11. Jules Hollands is offering boogie-woogie piano lessons online.
  12. Stressed? These are the top meditation apps in the US.
  13. This looks like a great podcast: The Sound of the Hound talks about the history of the music business.
  14. Elon Musk, DJ. (Another one from Tom)
  15. Cardi B is working hard to be the Queen of Quarantine. See?
  16. Okay. I laughed. And at this, too.
  17. Would you pay this much of an example of Kanye’s high school artwork?
  18. This turntable allows you to cut your own 7-inch singles.
  19. Goddammit. Kerrang is suspending operations until July–but only the magazine, not online.

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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