Random music news for Tuesday, March 3, 2020

BOOM! Wow. Now back to earth for music news for March 3, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: BTS fans are donating their refunds from their canceled tour to coronavirus relief.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: What should the radio industry do about this whole thing?
  3. If you’re a drummer and had moving your kit, this might be a solution.
  4. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. this time last year: Total albums, -29.8%; CDs, -32%; digital albums, -30.7%; digital tracks, -29.6%; vinyl, -13.3%; on-demand audio streaming, +20.1% (1.614 billion streams in the country last year.)
  5. Spotify has a new way of targeting superfans. You’ll know if you’re one.
  6. Speaking of which, there’s more fake music on Spotify.
  7. We have firmly moved into the Age of the Artist. Here’s what that means.
  8. What the hell is this?
  9. An interesting thought experiment: What if YouTube had failed?
  10. This opinion piece makes some very good points about the Polaris Music Prize. It should be discussed.
  11. It’s good that more artists are talking about mental health. We need more of this.
  12. Now THAT was a cool Antiques Roadshow find…
  13. Deborah Dugan has been fired by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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