Random music news for Friday, September 25, 2020

I gotta stop buying the stuff advertised in Instagram. My record is Pieces of Crap 5, Actually Useful Stuff 1. Consider this a safety tip. Now some music news for September 25, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: SXSW is already planning for a virtual festival in 2021.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: A big problem for music venues these days? COVID-19 insurance.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Van Morrison may have just released some sketchy songs about COVID-19, but at least he’s donating money to musicians who can’t tour.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy, has two daughters with COVID-19. Keep them away from grandpa!
  5. Shawn Mendes won a whack of SOCAN Awards this week.
  6. Wanna buy John Lennon’s old NY penthouse apartment? It’s for sale.
  7. Having trouble sleeping? Take a look at Bose’s “Sleepbuds.”
  8. Some people should never, ever go on social media.
  9. ANOTHER plagiarism fight. This one will be ugly, of course.
  10. Record Store Day 2020 Part 2 is coming up tomorrow. Here’s what’s available.
  11. Fall Out Boy…tacos?
  12. The Deftones’s “adopt-a-dot” idea.
  13. Streaming service Tidal will soon be in Tesla vehicles.
  14. The US is really making it expensive for foreign artists to tour the country. Check out these new rules and fees.
  15. Malcolm Gladwell sat down with producer Rick Rubin to talk about Tom Petty.
  16. Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones is the subject of a new documentary entitled Somebody Up There Likes Me.
  17. The radio industry is asking the CRTC for regulatory relief.
  18. Who designed Nirvana’s “happy face” logo? Kurt said he did. This artist begs to differ. Still.

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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