Random music news for Friday, September 18, 2020

Here comes Playstation 5. And here comes music news for September 18, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: A safe music festival will be launched in Australia.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Canadian’s National Music Centre has laid off 30 staffers.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Don’t do this.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Michael Stipe isn’t happy with how the virus is being handled in his old home town.
  5. Streaming now accounts for 85% of all revenue for US record labels.
  6. The number of heavy podcast listeners (i.e. those who listen 6+ hours a week) is on the rise.
  7. When acts get back to touring, the biggest ones will be able to play this new 100,000 capacity venue in Italy.
  8. I had no idea that Burton Cummings was once on The Dating Game. Here’s video proof.
  9. I wonder of Queen guitarist Brian May is flattered by this?
  10. Heavy metal love.
  11. Some recordings of Joni Mitchell made in 1963(!!!) have been found.
  12. Back to video games: The release of first-ever vinyl version of the Quake soundtrack–written by Trent Reznor–is imminent.
  13. Another Beatles book, this time to go with Peter Jackson’s Get Back documentary.
  14. The Prodigy are back in the studio for the first time since Keith Flint’s death.
  15. Is the Internet conscious?
  16. Taylor Swift’s stalker has been sentenced to 30 months in jail.
  17. Black Sabbath’s Paranoid at 50.
  18. Nicki Minaj 1, Tracy Chapman 0.
  19. There’s a big Elton John box set on the way.

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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