Random music news for Saturday, April 18, 2020

A good question: Why does Wite-Out and Liquid Paper still exist? If you’re of a certain age, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, which is part of the point.

Think about that as you browse through music news for April 18, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Jay-Z made some big donations to the COVID-19 cause and then laid off people from his own company.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Moby has laid off people from his vegetarian restuarant.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: California is considering a ban on big events for the rest of the year. That could kill Coachella’s plans to run in October.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Singer Christopher Cross has temporary paralysis from COVID-19.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Drake is giving away a trip on his private plan as part of a COVID-19 relief challenge.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Hey, clubbers! Doctors say that MDMA could help mental health issues that result from the lockdown.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: A very good read: “Radio in the Time of Crisis.”
  8. Coronavirus update 8: Taylor Swift has canceled all shows for the rest of 2020.
  9. Are some tips on how to use playlists to boost your working-at-home productivity.
  10. R Kelly’s sex-trafficking case has been moved to September.
  11. Snoop Dogg wine? Yep.
  12. Kanye says he still plans to vote for Donald Trump.
  13. Noel Gallagher has taken up painting to pass the time.
  14. Spotify has this sneaky new feature that you might like.
  15. Tired of the standard Alexa voice and responses? Take a look at this.
  16. Um, what? (Via Hector)
  17. Finally, here’s some fun stuff to distract you, even if it’s just for a minute.

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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