Random music news for Saturday, June 13, 2020

First, a message from Snoop Dogg:

And now, music news for June 13, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Australia has relaxed restrictions on live gigs with festivals now being allowed to go up to 25% capacity.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Garth Brooks plans to send a June 27 concert to 300 drive-in screens.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: This non-profit that helps get kids music lessons is selling off musical instruments so they can stay in business.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: HMV stores in the UK (owned by Canada’s Sunrise Records) have plans for re-opening.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: How can the music industry all recover from COVID-19? Here are some ideas.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Pollstar, the bible of the touring industry, has created a new chart to monitor digital performances and livestreams.
  7. Speaking of livestreams, this one broke all kinds of YouTube records.
  8. Chris Carrabba, the singer and guitarist for Dashboard Confessional, had a serious motorcycle accident last weekend. “I am determined to make a full recovery, but I have surgeries and months of rehab to come.” Wow.
  9. Wow. Being successful on TikTok can be expensive.
  10. Look who’s back on the Billboard charts and iTunes: Rage Against the Machine.
  11. And speaking of whom, did you hear about the guy who just realized that Rage was a political band? Tom Morello had to break some news to the guy. Cue the memes.
  12. Apple has confirmed a keynote for its WWDC event on June 22.
  13. Have you noticed that a lot of artists are releasing albums filled with tunes left over from previous albums? It’s a thing now.
  14. Chinese giant Tencent has purchased a US$ 100 million stake in Warner Music Group.
  15. This band just got an interesting promotional boost. I want to check them out now.

Finally, the world is scheduled to end on June 21. Just thought you’d want to make plans.

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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