Random music news for Friday, June 5, 2020.

Plague. Economic ruin. Rioting. Murder hornets. But at least there’s some good news on the Yellowstone supervolcano front. Can you imagine if–no, let’s not go here. Instead, let’s look at music news for June 5, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: AMC Theatres has “substantial doubts” it can survive.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Live Nation wants to hold gigs with up to 500 people in the Nordic countries.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Here’s something that should make you feel better about artists and the virus.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Wuhan’s punk scene has been struggling since the virus hit.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Let’s take a look at recent changes in Canadian media consumption.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Tool has canceled their North American tour. Here’s their statement.
  7. Streams of NWA’ “Fuck that Police” have increased by 272% during the George Floyd protests.
  8. Meanwhile, the hacktivist group Anonymous figured out a way to get Chicago police radios to play NWA.
  9. Steve’s Music in Montreal was looted.
  10. Here’s a proposal regarding Canadian radio regarding the protests in the US.
  11. I don’t say this often, but nice job, Kanye. Then again, he’s apparently the richest musician in the world.
  12. This will piss off China: Hong Kong has passed a new national anthem bill.
  13. Iggy Pop is angling to be the new Tiger King. (He’d be on Carole Baskin’s side. I think.)
  14. Opinion: Why it’s still a good idea to buy CDs.
  15. How about a metal version of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill?” Okay. (Via Brent)
  16. Well, this was dumb. As were these comments.
  17. Okay, I laughed. (Via Tom)
  18. Need to feel calmed? Watch this elephant react to some live Beethoven.
  19. This is fun: a where-are-they-now look at people who appeared in classic rock music videos.
  20. There’s a special sale event happening at Bandcamp today. You should take a look.

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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