Random music news for Friday, May 1, 2020

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  1. Coronavirus update 1: Gene Simmons of KISS has taken an interest in the COVID-19 situation in…Brampton?
  2. Coronavirus update 2: No big surprise here: Facebook has seen a spike in use during the coronavirus crisis.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: These eight songs have become more popular during these last couple of months for obvious reasons.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Eminem is selling off a pair of ultra-rare sneakers to raise money for COVID-19 research.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Guelph’s Hillside Festival has been canceled for 2020. But keep your tickets.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: During quarantine, smart speakers are hot and getting hotter.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: Canada’s major record labels have announced some big support for musicians in trouble via the Unison Benevolent Fund.
  8. Shortly after Apple Podcasts made the same claim, Spotify also says it has over one million podcasts available for distribution.
  9. Deezer is using AI to root out explicit lyrics in songs.
  10. Britney Spears set her gym on fire. Candles, apparently.
  11. It appears that the public’s interest in livestreaming gigs is here to stay.
  12. More than 2 billion people have now downloaded Tik Tok.
  13. Bored? Generate some memes.
  14. Streaming saved the music industry but not the artists: Discuss.
  15. This artist asked for 200 records to autograph for her label. They accidentally sent her 20,000. Oops.
  16. Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 has become a dad for the first time.
  17. Re: Radio: Yes to all of this.
  18. Singing gorillas. That is all.
  19. Here’s a new song from Thom Yorke.

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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