Random music news for Tuesday, July 21, 2020

How would this piece of memorabilia look on your shelf? Now let’s consider music news for July 21, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Singing has been banned in California churches. And now churches are suing.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: An illegal rave in the UK was “too big to stop.” That’ll show the virus who’s boss.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Drive-in concerts keep gaining traction.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern is planning for the time it can reopen.
  5. Why does Donald Trump’s musical selections for his campaign send such a defeatist message?
  6. I was interviewed for The Music Culture. You can read the interview here.
  7. TikTok is getting closer to being banned in the US.
  8. Interesting question: Who is the biggest pop star on the planet?
  9. Where’s the high-res tier of Spotify?
  10. What should radio do about Spotify? Here are some thoughts.
  11. A radio company in Ontario managed to beat a ransomware attack.
  12. Wanna buy a Toronto radio station? One is being forced to sell.
  13. Peter Gabriel is again working with scientists on ways to communicate with animals.
  14. Non-English podcasts will soon outnumber English ones.
  15. There’s growing tension between the K-pop and Black music communities.
  16. Are you a fan of UFC? They’re about to launch a streaming music channel.
  17. Qatar Airways is having copyright issues with the music they play on their aircraft.
  18. What the hell are these?
  19. Um, okay

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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