Random music news for Thursday, July 30, 2020

If you follow American politics, you’d better read this. Once you’re done, try to calm down by browsing through music news for July 30, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Citing COVID-19 fears, CES 2021 will be an all-virtual affair.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Geez, Madonna. Get a grip.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Rock star care during a pandemic from Alanis Morissette and Liz Phair. (Via Shane)
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Guns N’ Roses have rescheduled their next North American tour to 2021.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: This social distance concert didn’t really work out.
  6. Malik B, a co-founder of The Roots, has passed away at the age of 47.
  7. Is there a science to creating hit songs? Discuss.
  8. Wait: Music lessons don’t help kids with math and reading? Wha?
  9. Things are not good in Kimye land.
  10. Let’s take a look at rappers over 40 who are still having a great career.
  11. Here’s U2 covering Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.”
  12. Apple is working on bone conduction AirPods.
  13. Charts! (A) Canadian artists online radio chart and (B) Canadian independent online radio chart.
  14. The Killers are investigating #MeToo allegations leveled against their crew.
  15. Here’s the state of Spotify as of today (infographic).
  16. Top 40? More like Top 43,000. Let’s examine that.

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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