Random music news for Saturday, April 4, 2020

No, it’s not your imagination. You may have seen robins earlier than usual. Let’s move to music news for April 4, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Tekashi 6ix9ine is out of prison early because of COVID-9 issues. Another jailed rapper, YNW Melly, has the virus and is also petitioning for early release.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Will Burning Man be canceled this year? There are hints that it will.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Janet Jackson is the latest musician to plead for Americans to stay home.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Andrew Lloyd Webber wants to relieve your boredom by streaming musicals.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: SoundCloud has added a button next to creator profiles so you can make a financial donation.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: How long will the music industry keep to its pre-COVID-19 album release schedule? There’s some debate about that.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: Canadian indie record stores are really suffering.
  8. Coronavirus update 8: Some good news: More than $1.5 million in emergency funds have been set aside for Canadian musicians.
  9. Coronavirus update 9: According to some internal documents I’ve seen, in-home tuning to radio in Canada is up 70% during the COVID-19 crisis. And it’s not just to news stations. People are tuning in more music radio as a distraction from all the bad news.
  10. Coronavirus update 10: Metallica is donating $US350,000 to coronavirus relief.
  11. Coronavirus update 11: Pink had the virus but has since recovered. She’s donating US$1million.
  12. Coronavirus update 12: Christopher Cross has been infected.
  13. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  14. Interesting: New silicon-based microspeakers.
  15. The Weeknd has apparently co-written an episode of American Dad. See?
  16. Distract yourself from everything with more gossip about the Gallagher family.
  17. And if you’re getting married anytime soon, here are the songs that have been banned the most at the reception.

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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