Random music news for Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Aw. Penguins! Once you’ve received your daily dose of cuteness, here’s music news for May 16, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Canada’s live music industry is in “911 crisis mode.”
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Keith Urban played a drive-in concert for first responders in Tennessee Thursday night.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: I was on Global News AM 640 talking about the future of concerts. Listen here.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: A good site for tracking thing. It’s called Coronalytics.
  5. Phil May, frontman for the British group The Pretty Things, has died at 71 following hip surgery (NOT COVID-19 related.)
  6. The hackers who are holding data from a New York legal firm (which represents everyone from U2, Springsteen, Drake, The Weekend, Madonna, and Lady Gaga on down) has doubled their demand to US$42 million. And they also threatened to offer up some Donald Trump dirt.
  7. Rod Stewart wants someone to make a movie of his life
  8. …and Rod also did something nice for frontline medical workers.
  9. Elvis worms.
  10. If you’re looking for a record deal now, learn to use Zoom. Here’s why.
  11. Also very handy: A way to get out of Zoom meetings.
  12. Did India invent a form of techno in the 1960s? A new discovery bolsters that theory.
  13. Looking for a new set of headphones? Look at this first. (Via Walter)
  14. What’s this, Apple? And this? Are you looking into virtual concerts?
  15. Bored? Try this music challenge. (Via Bobby)
  16. Fun with words that do not exist!
  17. Madonna is getting stem cell treatments for her busted knee.
  18. This band is offering jigsaw puzzles to help you through quarantine.

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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