Random music news for Thursday, April 23, 2020

This guy was protesting against the coronavirus lockdown policies. Wow. Just…wow.

And now, music news for April 23, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: The major labels are pledging to financially help musicians.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: The Vancouver Island MusicFest and the Edmonton Folk Festival are among more cancellations.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: We’re getting closer and closer to having the summer of 2020 canceled when it comes to live shows.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: With so many people stuck at home, why aren’t more people streaming music?
  5. Coronavirus update 5: The One World: Together at Home show from the weekend is now streaming as 79 separate performances.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Spotify now allows you to tip artists directly.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: Country singer Jason McCoy has recorded a song with Jim Payetta (owner of the Barrie Colts) to raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts. (Via Jason)
  8. As Luke Skywalker says, “This is what happens when people have too much free time on their hands.” (Via Tom)
  9. Want to know the latest way songs are being written? Read this article on loop production.
  10. Astronomers discovered the merging of two black holes 2.4 billion light years away that sounded like the beginning of an Elvis song.
  11. This would be a big help for Canadian media companies.
  12. This is interesting: The lost art of listening.
  13. If you try the Pitbull yell without permission, you could be in trouble.
  14. Should we even open this debate?

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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