Random music news for Thursday, March 26, 2020

Social distancing. Everyone’s doing it. See?

  1. Coronavirus update 1: If you need some signs warning people of various COVID-19 hazards, you can download a bunch of poster-sized ones here.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Feeling down? Here’s a guide created by music industry therapists and coaches on how to deal with self-isolation.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: The Canadian Folk Music Awards will go ahead but online.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Burton Cummings is finding large audiences playing online.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: One prediction says we’re going to see a big boom in music when this is all over.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Pornhub Premium is now free for the whole world. And CamSoda, a cam-girl site, is offering the use of their platform to anyone who needs to broadcast anything during these times.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: Shawn Mendes donated $175 million to Sick Kids in the midst of this crisis.
  8. Coronavirus update 8: Bored? Try YouTube’s StayHome#WithMe.
  9. Coronavirus update 9: Streaming services continue to downgrade speed to keep up with demand.
  10. Coronavirus update 10: Okay, I laughed at this.
  11. Coronavirus update 11: Spotify has pledged US$10 million to support artists during the pandemic.
  12. Coronavirus update 12: Ed Sheeran will cover the wages of his employees at his restaurant while it remains closed.
  13. Coronavirus update 13: Soundgarden says that Chris’ widow, Vicky, is ignoring COVID-19 precautions.
  14. Coronavirus update 14: Well, this is one way to deal with the situation.
  15. The guy who wrote the movie Contagion is working on a musical anthology series at AMC.
  16. Looking for something to read during these days of self-isolation? Here’s a list of 50 great rock memoirs.
  17. No one asked for this, especially now. Please ignore.
  18. Bollywood physics: Don’t try this in the real world.
  19. Extreme metal in Iraq: It’s a thing.
  20. Looking for data about how people are behaving digitally these days? Take a look at the New Infinite Dial Survey 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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