Random music news for Thursday, August 27, 2020

Got a nutty friend who believes in QAnon? Better read this. Once you absorb that, move on to music news for August 27, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: COVID-19 is taking a terrible toll on Canadian radio and TV stations. Some could close.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: What will a long-term disruption to international air travel mean for the music business?
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Here’s a list of celebrities who have died from COVID-19.
  4. Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s assassin, has been denied bail for the eleventh time.
  5. Two more livestreaming companies have come online.
  6. Is this the toughest mobile phone in the universe?
  7. And if you must indulge in a cassette fetish, look at this.
  8. Biggie and Tupac’s love letters are going up for auction. This will be the first-ever high-end hip hop auction.
  9. Why aren’t more people adopting high-res audio? There are at least five obstacles.
  10. Want to learn to speak Korean? BTS can help!
  11. The most-downloaded app these days? The mobile version of Netflix.
  12. Which singer has the greatest vocal range? This guy. Seriously.
  13. 2020 has been a shit show. Has there even been a song of the summer? Maybe.
  14. Fun: Rob Halford’s isolated vocals from Judas Priest’s “Painkiller.” (Via Tom)
  15. More fun: The real gear of fake bands.
  16. Why do birds sing? Because they’re on drugs.

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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