Random music news for Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Schmooze, the elder English bull terrier, turns 12 today. What a sweetheart.

And moving to music news for May 19, 2020…

  1. Coronavirus update 1: The first social-distancing concert in the US was canceled when the governor of Arkansas revoked the venue’s liquor license.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers are going to hold socially-distanced music events in the parking lot of their stadium.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Germany’s Reeperbahn festival is NOT canceled. At least not yet.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: The drive-in concert thing continues to ramp up. There’s one happening in Australia this week.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Live Nation has laid off 2,000 people.
  6. Vera Lynn just set a record for the oldest person to have a number one album in the UK. She’s 103.
  7. One of my favourite British manages is Q. It’s in danger of closing down.
  8. Facebook bought Gliphy for $US400 million.
  9. A limited-edition version of Metallica’s whiskey comes with music.
  10. Roddy Bottum of Faith No More has announced a new project: Gay Lovers Making Gay Music.
  11. I was in another podcast. Check out The Tempo Report.
  12. What are some strategies for radio going forward? Here are a few.
  13. Wow. There’s a brewing chart-fixing scandal with the Billboard Hot 100. And here’s more.
  14. The estranged wife of Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson was found dead.
  15. Ed Sheeran is a good boy. See?

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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