Random music news for Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Uranus is leaking gas. That’s scientific fact. Say that out loud a couple of times before go through music news for March 31, 2020. And try not to giggle.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne (he’s also a Grammy and Academy Award winner) is on a ventilator and in an induced coma because of COVID-19.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Ozzy has had to cancel a trip to Switzerland where he’s supposed to get treatment for his Parkinson’s.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: How K-pop stars are coping with social distancing.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: MIDEM 2020 has been canceled.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: I can certainly identify with this.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: The Smashing Pumpkins Rock Invasion Tour has been pushed back.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: A choir practice in Seattle has resulted in 45 new cases.
  8. Coronavirus update 8: For reasons unknown, podcast listening has started to dip in the time of coronavirus, +18.4% (1.497 billion streams in the country last week, 1% less than the week before).
  9. Coronavirus update 9: Want to see how the coronavirus is reshaping the demand for entertainment and information? Take a look at this.
  10. Coronavirus update 10: Here’s a handy pandemic resource guide for Canadian artists and businesses.
  11. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. 2019: Total album sales, -30.5%; CD sales, -35.0%; digital albums, -29.0%; digital tracks, -30.4%; vinyl, -17.1%; on-demand audio streams,
  12. A good question: Who really invented the electric bass?
  13. Stuck at home? This new software will sing your lyrics.
  14. You have to give Taylor Swift credit for doing this.
  15. The YouTube Music app now displays lyrics on both iOS and Android.
  16. Wait: 8D music? What’s that?
  17. And now, a story about Ed Sheeran’s private bottle of ketchup.
  18. Possibly interesting: A book about being a rock star wife.
  19. Wanna live in a house once occupied by a famous musician? Maybe think again.
  20. Tiger King, the musical. (Not really, but…)

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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