Random music news for Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Those who had “asteroid collision” as part of their how-could-2020-get-any-worse almost had it pay out this past weekend.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: YouTube’s annual “Rewind” show has been canceled for 2020.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Erykah Badu’s left nostril tested positive for COVID. The right one did not. Wait–what?
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Are you a musician looking to release music during the pandemic? Here are four ways how to do that.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Here’s how some Toronto music venues are hoping to safely reopen.
  5. Scooter Braun has sold Taylor Swift’s master recordings to an investment fund for US$300 million. Expect to hear from Tay-Tay on this in 3…2…1…
  6. and here we go!
  7. This looks like a really interesting musical Zoom event.
  8. What is Ed Sheeran doing to his house?
  9. Meanwhile, Ed’s first demo tape (he made it when he was just 13) is up for sale.
  10. Remember when all factory car audio systems were total crap? Not anymore.
  11. This new box set for Elvis Costello’s 1979 album Armed Forces looks amazing.
  12. Here’s something good we can say about “Baby Shark.”
  13. The Deftones have released this remix with Maynard James Keenan on vocals. (Via Sean)
  14. Here’s an update on the campaign to have Spotify pay a minimum of one cent per stream.
  15. Grimes got a FACTOR grant worth over $90,000. She’s married to Elon Musk, one of the richest people in the world. She doesn’t even live in Canada anymore. You might wonder WTF.
  16. Elton John’s father-in-law has died at age 90.
  17. Arts & Crafts has launched a record club.
  18. Wolfgang Van Halen has released his debut single.

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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