Random music news for Tuesday, April 28, 2020

This might give you some kind of hope when it comes to what was apparently a hopeless situation. Once you read that, jump into music news for April 28, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Universal’s merch division is offering more facemasks.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Zoom is doing well. VERY well.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Beyonce has donated US$6 million to mental health issues created by COVID-19. Meanwhile, Japanese rock star YOSHIKI has donated $US100,000.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Artists who want to use Facebook for livestreams may soon be allowed to charge for their performances.
  5. Coroanvirus update 5: Sales of vinyl and CDs have been cut in half in the UK. (Paywall)
  6. Coronavirus update 6: You know what’s up during the lockdown? Piracy.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: You wanna know what else is up? Sales of musical instruments and music gear. You gotta do something in quarantine, right? What will this mean for the music we’ll get in the future?
  8. Coronavirus update 8: Singing can apparently lead to super-spreading.
  9. Coronavirus update 9: More evidence that indie artists are making gains during the lockdown.
  10. Coronavirus update 10: How can the music industry recover from all this? Here are some theories.
  11. Coronavirus update 11: When concerts come back, will we all going to gigs wearing the Futuresuit?
  12. Coronavirus update 12: No large gatherings like concerts and sporting events in Ontario “for the foreseeable future.” Here are the government’s reopening plans.
  13. Back to Universal: They’ve got a new deal with Lego for…something.
  14. Apple Podcasts aren’t being updated as normal. Engineers are on the case.
  15. What’s this about a gun trader illegally using George Harrison’s estate?
  16. The latest up-and-coming social media thing? Clubhouse.
  17. Here’s probably the only sports league in the world that’s currently hiring announcers.
  18. Wanna adjust your Google Assistant? Check this out.

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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