Random music news for Thursday, April 30, 2020

Yep. That’s about right.

And now, music news for April 30, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: A poll reveals that 40% of Americans won’t go to a concert or sporting event until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa has been canceled.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Bad Religion has canceled all 2020 touring.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Ticketmaster has cut a quarter of its employees in North America.
  5. Spotify’s subscriber base was up by 6 million in the first quarter of the year. Some 130 million now pay for the service. Their podcast business is doing well, too.
  6. In related news, Spotify has added playlists to bananas. You read that correctly. And then there’s this tea-drinking-theme playlist.
  7. Virtual concerts are having an effect: They’re goosing music streams.
  8. The governor of Kentucky had to apologize have he accused a man named Tupac Shakur of trying to scam unemployment payments. That is the dude’s real name.
  9. We now have “podcast promoters.”
  10. This looks like fun: Massey Halls’s “sound museum.”
  11. Piano fun!
  12. What the hell is going on with this 12-year-old Mariah Carey album? Why is it number one on iTunes?
  13. A new study says that devices with voice assistants will outnumber the population of the planet within four years. Adoption rates are insane.
  14. As someone married to a former newscaster, this disturbs me.
  15. Marilyn Manson has finished a new album. He calls it a “masterpiece.”
  16. YouTube’s quarterly revenue spikes 33%, blowing past US$4 billion in the first quarter of 2020.

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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