Random music news for Friday, March 20, 2020

Hey, we haven’t heard Rudy Giuliani run off at the mouth for weeks. Where did he go? I’ll start looking as you go through music news for March 20, 2020 (the first full day of spring!)

  1. Coronavirus update 1: The streaming music business is good. Or is it?
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Drake was hanging around with NBA Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant tested positive for COVID-19. Drake’s now in isolation.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Bonnaroo has been postponed until September.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: How Instagram and other live streams are coming to the rescue–maybe.
  5. Cornavirus update 5: Here’s what some artists are doing during their self-quarantines.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Sloan has canceled their 2020 spring tour.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: Stuck at home? There’s free karaoke!
  8. Coronavirus update 8: The CEO of Live Nation bought US$1 million worth of stock to help shore up the share price. He lost US$250,000 in just four days.
  9. Coronavirus update 9: Why is Alien Ant Farm suddenly trending? Because of COVID-19? Oh, I get it now.
  10. Coronavirus update 10: Musicians are asking Spotify to triple payouts to help them through this crisis.
  11. Coronavirus update 11: Zac Brown has had to lay off 90% of his road crew.
  12. Cornavirus update 12: Debt pressure is starting to pile up on some entertainment companies like Live Nation.
  13. Coronavius update 13: What if the internet were to break under the strain of streaming? Some people are worried about that.
  14. Coronavirus update 14: Third Man Record will be live streaming gigs daily.
  15. Coronavirus update 15: Someone has rewritten “Bohemian Rhapsody” to reflect the COVID-19 situation.
  16. Spotify is filled with podcasts featuring bootleg songs. Here’s why.

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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