Random music news for Monday, March 30, 2020

Before we begin with music news for March 30, 2020, I’d like to present this public service announcement.

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  1. Coronavirus update 1: Alan Merrill, writer of “I Love Rock n’ Roll” has died at the age of 69 because of covid-19.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: John Prine has been hospitalized and is in critical condition with the coronavirus.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: This documentary on record collecting was supposed to have been released in time for Coachella. But it’s out. now.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Roger Waters has postponed his This is Not a Drill tour.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Got time on your hands? Here are plans to build a Scrubber, a soap dispenser that also dispenses a 20-second hand washing tune taking from your Spotify account.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: How creatives can best use Patreon to raise money
  7. Coronavirus update 7: The Who have delayed their “Moving On” North American tour.
  8. Coronavirus update 8: Last week was the worst week for album sales in the US since thee 1960s.
  9. Coronavirus update 9: Bon Jovi thinks his 17-year-old son has it.
  10. Coronavirus update 10: Uh-oh. Here come the charity singles reboots.
  11. Coronavirus update 11: There’s a petition urging Canadian telcos to drop data caps during the coronavirus crisis.
  12. Coronavirus update 12: Radio is doing great in the time of coronavirus.
  13. Coronavirus update 13: Artists are having some success raising money through Patreon.
  14. Coronavirus update 14: The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” is one of the top UK songs for social-distancing playlists.
  15. Coronavirus update 15: More musicians are in trouble or worse because of COVID-19. Death Angel drummer Will Carroll is on a ventilator. Opera star Placido Domingo is hospitalized. John Prine in in critical condition in hospital. Studio guitarist Lou Kouvaris has died. And so has Grammy Award-winning country guitarist John Diffie.
  16. Why are music streams down by so much at a time when you’d think more people would be listening to music? Here are some opinions.
  17. The Weeknd had a VERY good weekend. See?
  18. Wait: There were Apple sneakers? And they’re not going for how much?
  19. Since we’ve all got time, here’s a primer on tracking down all the songs referenced in Bob Dylan’s new song, “Murder Most Foul.”
  20. A space rave?
  21. Have you seen Tiger King on Netflix yet? Cardi B has started a GoFundMe page to help Joe Exotic get out of prison.
  22. A good timesuck: Heavy metal videos that were banned by MTV.

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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