Random music news for Thursday, July 16, 2020

It’s to the point where I want to stand on the border and yell into the US “GET IT TOGETHER, YOU IDIOTS!” You know what I’m sayin’? Now here’s music news for July 16, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Japan now allows gatherings of up to 5,000 people. That’s a pretty good-sized concert.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Disney World is reopening in the midst of Florida’s caseload spiking up. Here’s a dystopian look at that.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Sleeping in and listening to audio later during the pandemic? You’re not alone.
  4. The only million-selling artist in the world this year so far is…The Beatles? Yep.
  5. Ryan Reynolds sent Paul McCartney a bottle of the Royal Family’s new $500 gin.
  6. Maroon 5 bass player Mickey Madden is staying away from the band after his arrest.
  7. Mike Singer and The Streets have a new “stream-to-unlock” thing for the new album to try to game streaming algorithms.
  8. Is…is that Billy Joel?
  9. As calls for a ban on TikTok mount, an Indian competitor called Roposo is adding 500,000 new users an hour.
  10. If you’re a pro user of SoundCloud, you can now master your music on the platform.
  11. Who rules the mid-year Shazam charts? The Weeknd.
  12. Who runs this radio station? No one knows.
  13. And speaking of radio (and Disney), there’s this weird Star Wars radio station. (Via Andrew)
  14. Remember the rap-rock/nu-metal scene of the late 90s? It’s back.
  15. Fun: How drummers knock on doors.
  16. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is selling this house.
  17. History: Watch footage of The Cure from 1977 when they were still known as The Easy Cure.

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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