Random music news for Thursday, March 19, 2020

First day of spring–the earliest first day of spring in 124 years. That’s positive, right? Now some much news for March 19, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Yo-Yo Ma, Lizzo, Coldplay, and other celebrities would like to help you cope with the pandemic.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Aw, that was nice. And so was this.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Here are five ways to help Canadian musicians during the pandemic.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Music retail is getting killed. Amazon is no longer ordering CDs and vinyl.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: This hour-long video of animated MTV ads might help the time pass.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Australia has announced a ban on indoor gathers of more than 100 people.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: Stressed by COVID-19? Here’s a list of the most soothing songs for when you self-isolate.
  8. Coronavirus update 8: The 2020 Billboard Music Awards have been postponed.
  9. Coronavirus update 9: This guy seems to be the music industry’s first coronavirus survivor. Here’s his story.
  10. Coronavirus update 10: The El Mocambo’s reopening has been pushed back. No surprise there.
  11. Coronavirus update 11: With so many people working from home, VPN usage has surged.
  12. Coronavirus update 12: Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies is serenading shut-ins via Instagram. (Via John)
  13. Coronavirus update 13: Live Nation’s share price dropped 32% after the cancellation of Glastonbury and Eurovision.
  14. Coronavirus update 14: Pandemic predictions for audio.
  15. How many guitar is too many guitars? Is 600 too many?
  16. Here’s a cool list of weird concept albums to check out while you’re sheltering in place.
  17. Study: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are worse for distracted driving than texting.
  18. Why music supervisors are the new A&R.
  19. Katy Perry won a reversal on that stupid “Dark Horse” copyright verdict. Good.
  20. Soundgarden vs. Vicky Cornell, part…whatever: The band has asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit she brought forward.
  21. SONOS will have a new app and OS in June. A lot of people (including me) aren’t thrilled about what’s going on. Here’s why.

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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