Random music news for Monday, August 31, 2020.

Pumpkin spice latte season is officially here. Embrace it and enjoy some while you read up on music news for August 31, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Nice going, Smash Mouth.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: More ominous warnings about the future of the music industry.
  3. The MTV VMAs were last night. Anyone care? No, me, neither.
  4. Donald Trump’s RNC acceptance speech was blocked by YouTube for copyright violations.
  5. Did you see the Dave Grohl cameo in the new Bill & Ted movie?
  6. Debate: Who invented the whole singing/screaming thing?
  7. This is just dumb, Montreal.
  8. If you ever downloaded a pirated movie, chances are you got it from these guys. They’ve been busted.
  9. Remembering the time when Satanists put a curse on Ozzy.
  10. And Ozzy could use a touch-up on that grey hair.
  11. English students in the UK are being encouraged to study the work of the great American writer, Kanye West.
  12. A not-quite-Royal podcast?
  13. Jennifer Lopez won’t be the new owner of the New York Mets.
  14. A cinema made famous by the Beatles needs a little help from its friends.
  15. Universal has nine of the top ten albums on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
  16. There are now at least 99 million streaming subscribers in just the US.

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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