Random music news for Friday, June 26, 2020

https://globalnews.ca/news/7102112/black-neutron-star-ligo-hole/The sun is setting on Uranus! (Sorry. Juvenile of me. But you can see a Uranus sunset here.) Okay, let me make that up to you. Try reading this while listening to Soundgarden. (Via Christopher) On to music news for June 26, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: More on the shaky future of music festivals and conferences in Canada.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Bonnaroo 2020 has officially been canceled.
  3. Here’s a list of all the musicians who have demanded Trump stop using their music.
  4. And here’s a song Trump won’t want to hear. (Via DB)
  5. There’s a petition in New Orleans to rename Robert E. Lee Boulevard after NOLA music legend Allen Toussaint.
  6. The Dixie Chicks, responding to criticism of their name in this new woke era, have changed their name to The Chicks.
  7. The hack into the New York law firm that handles the business of some of music’s biggest people keeps getting worse.
  8. Apple’s iOS and Android are the two biggest operating systems for mobile phones. But do you know about KaiOS?
  9. Music piracy continues to decline. Why bother when streaming is so convenient?
  10. Toronto is getting its own drive-in theatre again. Can concerts be far behind?
  11. The US Post Office has unveiled a series of “Forever Hip Hop” stamps.
  12. The loft where The Ramones played one of their very first shows is for sale.
  13. The Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium is now a giant drive-in.
  14. A new report on smart speakers says that almost one-third of Canadian households have a smart speaker. Google Home is still the most popular model followed by Amazon Echo. Sonos One and Apple HomePod are way in the rear. (Via Broadcast Dialogue)
  15. Lady Gaga has a new contest with Adobe.
  16. If you’re an artist or manager who wants to track exactly how your songs are doing, take a look at Viberate PRO.
  17. The parent company of Chuck E. Cheese has filed for bankruptcy.
  18. Mark Hoppus is a hero to the deer community.

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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