Random music news for Friday, June 19, 2020

Before we begin, here’s a tutorial on farts. Oh, and Gwyneth Paltrow has a new scented candle. And yes, it’s weird. I apologize in advance for both those links. And now, music news for Friday June 19, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: The oldest record store in Manhattan is being forced to close. Others are struggling but are managing to cope.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Music festivals are returning to COVID-19-free New Zealand.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Hamilton’s annual Supercrawl has been canceled.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Bruce Springsteen isn’t happy that Donald Trump won’t wear a mask.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Once concerts start up again, Live Nation wants artists to take a pay cut.
  6. A good question: Why can’t you listen to some of your favourite songs on streaming music services?
  7. Another good question: Is this the end of “urban” music?
  8. Canadian-based Facebook reporters? Apparently.
  9. Remember Woodstock 50 that never happened? There’s a new lawsuit.
  10. Amazon has introduced Amazon Echo Auto in the UK and Ireland.
  11. Dame Vera Lynn, the oldest person to have a number one album in the UK, has died at the age of 103.
  12. Boy, it’s fun to be in North Korea!
  13. Miley Cyrus took a big real estate hit.
  14. Twitter has started rolling out “voice tweets,” 140 seconds of audio to help you make your point. Good idea or a really a bad one?
  15. Bono’s daughter, Eve Hewson, has just landed a great role in a new BBC series.
  16. Good thought experiment: What if these artists had lived? (Via DB)

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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