Random music news for Tuesday, March 17, 2020

With all this self-isolation, social distancing and teleworking going on, are we going to have a baby boom in the next 9-10 months? Just askin’. We can’t even hang around Tim Hortons anymore. Here’s music news for March 17, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Lucian Grange, the head of Universal Music Group, the largest of the major labels, has tested positive. He’s in hospital.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: The Met in New York is going to stream operas for free.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Taylor Swift: “Stay home!
  4. Coronavirus update 4: The AC/DC song is now “Dirty Hands, Must Come Clean.”
  5. Corornavirus update 5: Radio in the time of pandemic.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Kid Rock refuses to close his Nashville bar because he says that an order to do so is “unconstitutional.”
  7. Coronavirus update 7: How the coronavirus will affect the entertainment industries.
  8. Apple is killing it when it comes to selling wearable devices.
  9. Sony is really investing in podcasts. Why? Let’s find out.
  10. The daughter of hip-hop legend Eric B was hurt in a car accident.
  11. Here’s the latest list of the world’s most valuable records.
  12. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. where things were at this point last week: Total album sales, -28.3%; CDs, -30.3%; digital albums, -29.5%; digital tracks, -29.7%; vinyl, -10.4%; on-demand audio streams, +20.5% (1.671 billion streams in the country last week, another new record, I think.)

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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