Random music news for Monday, August 3, 2020

If you’re outside Canada and wondering why things are a little light today it’s because today is a stat across the country. Back to normal tomorrow. Meanwhile, here’s your usual dash of music news for August 3, 2020.

Oh, wait: We need to learn to TikTok first.

  1. Coronavirus update: Universal Musical Group has issued worldwide work-at-home orders.
  2. Taylor Swift’s Folklore album sold 846,000 albums in the US alone in its first week. Considering these pandemic times, that’s pretty freakin’ unbelievable. She’s the first artist to have seven albums sell more than 500,000 copies in a week.
  3. Kanye has spoken about his current mental state.
  4. And about him for running for president in New Jersey.
  5. Well, Stevie would know
  6. RIP Steve Holland, guitarist for Molly Hatchet.
  7. Just so you know, strip clubs aren’t the safest place when it comes to COVID-19.
  8. Microsoft seems very, very serious about buying TikTok.
  9. Coldplay bassist Guy Barryman has a pretty cool collection of Porsches.
  10. Here’s more on how virtual reality could change the music industry.
  11. It’s been five years since Rush called it quits. Here’s a look at the aftermath.
  12. Wait: Jimi Hendrix was killed? Here’s another music conspiracy.
  13. And speaking of conspiracy theories, Brittany’s dad thinks the whole #FreeBrittany thing is fake.
  14. Well, if that’s what it took to get this movie made…
  15. Musicians aren’t happy with comments by the head of Spotify.
  16. Adele? Is that you?

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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