Random music news for Tuesday, April 7, 2020

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for coronavirus. I’d hate to have been the person to give her a nasal swab.

And for the LAST TIME: I have spring allergies, not COVID-19! Moving to music news for April 7, 2020…

  1. Coronavirus update 1: No, 5G is not the cause of this epidemic.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: StubHub has been sued over how it changes its rules with COVID-19.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Lady Gaga and the WHO are putting on a show.
  4. Coronavirus update 3: The 2020 Prism Prize, which honours excellence in Canadian music video production, has been canceled.
  5. Coronavirus update 4: Warner is going to keep to its album release schedule. Here’s why.
  6. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats compared to last year: Total album sales, -33.2%; CDs, -38.8%; digital albums, -28.6%; digital tracks, -29.9%; vinyl, -21.2%; on-demand audio streams, +17.5% (1.517 billion streams in the country last week, up 1.3% from the week before.)
  7. On a related note, vinyl is trailing behind largely because of supply line issues.
  8. The number of people subscribing to (i.e. paying for) one or more streaming music service is now around 350 million.
  9. The Soundgarden/Vicky Cornell lawsuit is getting even uglier.
  10. The internet is still working. Here’s why.
  11. Even GWAR is in isolation. But they’re okay.
  12. Spare a thought for Wade McNeil of Alexisonfire. Read this.
  13. Walruses whistle?
  14. Universal Music has won a big victory in the lawsuits over the disastrous 2008 fire.

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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