Random music news for Saturday, June 20, 2020

What’s the over/under on the number of people who attend the Trump rally tonight in Tulsa and get COVID-19? Just asking. Moving over to music news for June 20, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: The drive-in concert concept has taken hold in the UK.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Third Eye Blind is all-in for drive-in concerts.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: The trend towards livestreaming is creating new metrics for success.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Australian promoters don’t expect any international acts touring the country until mid-2021.
  5. The family of drug cartel leader Pablo Escobar is suing rapper 2 Chainz because he named a couple of restaurants “Escobar.” They want US$10 million.
  6. Meanwhile, Cardi B’s US$5 million “tattoo lawsuit” will go to court in the fall.
  7. And a court has ruled that James Brown’s last partner was not legally married to him when he died, so she has no claim to his estate.
  8. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  9. What’s next for classic rock?
  10. One writer has called for the Dixie Chicks to change their name, saying that “it’s the epitome of white America.”
  11. The “Was Beethoven Black?” discussion has come up again.
  12. Can you pick the hits? Try this thread.
  13. There’s new music from Aretha Franklin. Wait–what?
  14. Wanna buy The Weeknd’s house in LA? It’s not cheap.

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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