Random music news for Monday, July 20, 2020

I’ve had the same three twenty-dollar bills in my wallet for six weeks. I have no loose change in the house. This virus has not been friendly to using cash. You? Here’s music news for July 20, 2020. (See what I tried to do there? 20-20-20?)

  1. Coronavirus update 1: More music venues in the UK are closing
  2. Coronavirus update 2: …but UK concerts are restarting.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: And another LA club is closing.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Metalheads for Masks. Good!
  5. Coronavirus update 5: So how did that “herd immunity” music festival go in Wisconsin? Not well.
  6. Linkin Park 1, Donald Trump 0.
  7. Kanye is collecting signatures so he can be on the presidential ballot in South Carolina…
  8. …or it’s just a campaign to plug a new album named for his mother…
  9. …or he’s serious and is set to hold his first rally
  10. …or he’s just full of shit.
  11. This music manager told acts to release singles instead of albums. Then it got weird.
  12. Ozzy’s feeling better.
  13. Perry Farrell is going to release a career-spanning 68-track box set.
  14. If you’ve ever wanted to study the Clash, start here. (Via Andrew)
  15. Canadian company LyricFind has released its list of the top 25 most-searched-for-lyrics so far this year.
  16. William Shatner has a new single that he recorded with Canned Heat. Listen here.
  17. “If Drake Goes Independent, the Music Business Is Done.” Discuss.
  18. Fun: The story of Rockfield Studios, home to bands like Queen and Oasis.
  19. Some Ramones footage from 1979 is making the rounds. See? (Via Tom)

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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