Random music news for Saturday, May 30, 2020

God bless the Germans. Coronaspeck is word that describes the amount of weight gained during the coronavirus lockdown. Its literal translation is “corona bacon.” Your mission is to use that word in a conversation today–after you read music news for May 30, 2020, of course.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Somebody called Johnny Cash’s granddaughter a “pussy” for wearing a face mask in a Nashville grocery store.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Some Chinese workers are expressing their concerns through rock music.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Here’s a proposal for saving Canada’s live music industry in the short term. And here’s a look at what might happen to Toronto’s live music scene.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: The US has new guidelines for reopening recording studios.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: The Doobie Brothers have postponed their 50th-anniversary tour.
  6. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  7. Cash Money Records is going to cover the rent for hundreds in New Orleans.
  8. Sunrise Records has re-opened 16 of its 85 Canadian locations. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in each story at any one time.
  9. Insane Clown Posse says that Sharon Osbourne owes then $50K.
  10. Grimes says she’s selling part of her soul. Seriously.
  11. Good news if you’re a Canadian artist who is livestreaming–only if you’re a member of SOCAN, though.
  12. Run the Jewels did extremely well with pre-sales for their new album. Extremely.
  13. Streaming service Tidal has added Dolby ATMOS support.
  14. The Rolling Stones were in a TV commercial for Rice Krispies? Yep, in 1964.
  15. And 2004, Bob Dylan was involved in a commercial for–wait for it–Victoria’s Secret.
  16. And how did Ratt land that Geico commercial?
  17. Cool history: 10 times album covers were changed.
  18. Remember Econoline Crush? Here’s an update on leader Trevor Hurst.
  19. You gotta be careful, dude. This is a sensitive time.

And as a bonus today, here’s Tommy Chong’s version of Mathew McConaughey’s Lincoln SUV ad.

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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