Random music news for Saturday, July 4, 2020

If there’s a better metaphor for what’s happening in the US right now, I haven’t seen it.

Moving to music news for July 4, 2020…

  1. Coronavirus update 1: With nothing else to do, the number of people creating podcasts has exploded. And look who’s listening the most.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: The Weeknd has donated $500,000 to COVID-19 efforts in Scarborough.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Seriously, dude?
  4. Coronavirus update 4: The UK’s first socially-distanced music venue is coming this summer.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Metal bands are suffering in the time of pandemic.
  6. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  7. This is why certain people can’t have nice things.
  8. A movie is being made about Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
  9. The UK has decided to keep AM and FM radio broadcasting until at least the end of the decade.
  10. How do Spotify editors pick songs for playlists? Like this.
  11. The NFL says it will play Black national anthem ahead of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at games this fall.
  12. You know which country has a great underground metal scene? Indonesia.
  13. Linkin Park’s “In the End” has now been streamed one billion times on YouTube.
  14. Having trouble growing plants around the house? Try this playlist.
  15. Apparently, the world’s most mispronounced word is “karaoke.”
  16. Looking for a name for your new band? Take some advice from these people.
  17. Lego…posters? (Via Andrew)
  18. This podcast called Release Day looks at artists and their new records.
  19. A good song that Donald Trump will hate: “I Want America Back.”

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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