Random music news for Saturday, August 22, 2020

This explains EXACTLY how I’ve been feeling the last few weeks! I’m so glad I’m not alone. Read that article and then join me back here for music news for August 22, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Dozens of Toronto music venues are going to get financial help.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Despite the pandemic, Germany’s recorded industry has grown by 4.8%.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Screw COVID-19. The major labels are still making US$1 million per hour from streaming.
  4. Will Kid Rock and/or Ted Nugent speak at the Republic National Convention? Place your bets.
  5. Trump needs a better music director.
  6. Taylor Swift did two nice things. Here’s one. And here’s another.
  7. Rush’s Alex Lifeson just got an award for his HIV/AIDs charity work.
  8. They’re not SLAYER dolls. They’re SLAYER “action figurines.”
  9. Ozzy is not a fan of face tattoos.
  10. Beware the Rolling Stones/Ron Wood-themed online scam.
  11. There was drama behind Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby?” Apparently.
  12. Telsa vehicles are soon going to be playing elevator music through external speakers. It’s an Elon Musk thing.
  13. If you’ve ever felt the need to feel bass through your feet, have I got something for you.
  14. Fake podcasts? Yep. They’re a problem for Spotify.
  15. YouTube Music is going deeper into displaying lyrics when it comes to desktops.
  16. Longplay is an app that focuses on entire albums instead of individual tracks.

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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