Random music news for Saturday, March 21, 2020

Wanna see where COVID-19 panic is at its greatest and least? Check out this panic index dashboard. But there’s hope: The world’s most powerful supercomputer is on the case. On to music news for March 21, 2020…

  1. FIRST AND FOREMOST: If you are a member of the Canadian music industry and COVID-19 is creating havoc in your life, here is some information and resources that you can use. (Via FYIMusicNews)
  2. Coronavirus update 1: You know what’s doing well during this crisis? Podcast listening. For the first time, more than 100 million Americans say they are monthly podcast listeners.
  3. Coronavirus update 2: Yes, porn searches are up. Way up.
  4. Coronavirus update 3: A growing trend is drive-in concerts.
  5. Coronavirus update 4: A man who attended a Ghost show in Mexico City has died from the disease.
  6. Coronavirus update 5: Gene Simmons’s advice is “pretend everyone is a zombie.”
  7. Coronavirus update 6: More than 300 people were not allowed to leave a festival in Panama over COVID-19 exposure worries.
  8. Coronavirus update 7: Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider’s daughter is stuck in Peru.
  9. Coronavirus update 8: There’s now a name for all these online concerts and performances: quaranstreams. And they play quarantunes.
  10. Coronavirus update 9: Twitch viewing is up 10%. Makes sense. People are staying in and playing games.
  11. Coronavirus update 10: Netflix has throttled bandwidth in the EU to keep the internet from breaking. Is music streaming next?]
  12. Coronavirus update 11: The Grand Ole Opry will play to an empty theatre.
  13. Coronavirus update 12: Director Ba Luhrmann has stopped his Elvis project. It involved Tom Hanks, so…
  14. Naughty Beatles.
  15. A good story on Andrew Wood, the lost hero of grunge.
  16. The Weeknd is having a good weekend. See?
  17. And oldie but a goodie: 50 of the greatest rock insults and put-downs. (Via Ruins)
  18. Nokia seems to think it’s 2006 again with the release of this retro music phone.
  19. Who had the biggest-selling album globally in 2019? Nope. Nope. Nope. Them? Yes.
  20. Finally, here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.

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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