Random music news for Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Is anyone else getting those “remove ear wax” ads when they’re browsing? Or is the internet trying to tell me something? Lemme know after you read music news for May 5, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: The virus is changing how we consume music. But will these new behaviors stick? Discuss.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Music has been a real weapon in the fight against COVID-19. Discuss.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Justin Bieber is riding things out at a mansion on Puslinch Lake near Cambridge, Ontario.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Drive-in concerts?
  5. Coronavirus update 5: The #StrongerTogether foodbank campaign has now raised more than $8 million.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: City and Colour has released a new remix, proceeds of which will go to Foodbanks Canada.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: Journey has canceled their 2020 world tour.
  8. A bunch of music channels in Australia just got the ax.
  9. The global recorded music industry revenues exceeded US$20 billion in 2019.
  10. Apple is starting to get into the audiobooks business.
  11. China now has 904 million internet users, with 99% of them mobile.
  12. The art of the metal vest. (Via Tom)
  13. Nice guitar watch. (Via Larry)
  14. Hamilton’s iconic music venue This Ain’t Hollywood has been sold. It looks like that’ll be it for live music in that building.
  15. Bruce Cockburn has a 50th-anniversary box set on the way.
  16. Here are the best times for posting social media content during COVID-19.

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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