Random music news for Friday, May 29, 2020

Paranoid? Try this product. If you buy it, you’ve got bigger problems (Via Larry). This is music news for May 29, 2020, otherwise known as March 90, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: The Ultra Music Festival, one of the first festivals to be canceled because of the virus, is the target of a lawsuit for refusing to give refunds.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Is Coachella canceled for 2020? Rumors say headliners are being asked to move to 2021.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Opera star Andrea Bocelli has fully recovered from the disease.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: George Ezra says that the crisis has caused sleep paralysis.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Slipknot’s virtual Knotfest will be held tomorrow starting at 6 pm EDT.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: The most popular channel on YouTube is once again Cocomelon, which serves up nothing but nursery rhymes. It got another billion views in the last month.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: Promoters have basically written off 2020. (Via Pamela)
  8. Graham Henderson, the CEO of Music Canada, is stepping down after 15 years.
  9. Gorillaz will release their first comic later this year. Almanac will be out in October.
  10. Shut up, Alex Jones.
  11. A Spice Girl is teaching creative writing.
  12. What’s going on with the America’s Got Talent investigation?
  13. U2/Madonna manager Guy Oseary is stepping away from running Maverick, the management collective he created in 2014. What could this mean?
  14. This might have been the music industry’s Worst. Deal. Ever. (Via Bobby)
  15. Amazon…podcasts? Yep.
  16. Are you an artist that’s livestreaming? Here’s how to evaluate your success…
  17. …and here’s another report on how the whole livestreaming is working out for artists.
  18. Remember Edgefest? This is a great retrospective. (Thanks, Steve!)
  19. What would a vocal coach say about Tool? This.

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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