Random music news for Thursday, September 10, 2020

Fashion has taken a real hit during COVID-19. If we’re not going out, why bother dressing up? I’m not sure how Gucci’s new $10,000 virtual dress will help matters. Ponder that and then move to music news for September 10, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Following a spike in cases, BC has ordered that all nightclubs be closed.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: The UK bans social gatherings of more than six people.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Worst-case scenario projections sale that the Sturgis motorcycle rally–the one with Smash Mouth–sees 260,000 new infections.
  4. RIP Ronald Bell, co-founder of Kool & the Gang.
  5. Kanye says he’s getting regular steroid injections for “too much texting.”
  6. Facebook is working on some AR glasses that will have strong audio performance.
  7. Meanwhile, Facebook is paying some users to shut down their accounts in the name of science.
  8. You can now buy a Billie Eilish signature ukulele.
  9. Let’s check in with how music is meshing with the US presidential campaign.
  10. What’s driving streaming? People digging into back catalogues.
  11. A new series looks into allegations that Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones was murdered.
  12. When Ozzy was strangling Sharon, he felt “serenity.” Wait–what?
  13. Here’s a new spin on the whole idea of immersive audio. (Via Larry)
  14. Wait: Christmas music? Already?
  15. Here are this week’s Canadian online radio charts.
  16. Note the use of Pink Floyd’s music in the first trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s version of Dune.
  17. This is why Sony is investing in original podcasts.

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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