Random music news for Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Two weeks until the US presidential election. And wouldn’t you know it, but this could happen the day before. So 2020, right? Now some music news for October 20, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: New Zealand had a COVID-free concert that didn’t require social distancing. The Kiwis have their shit together.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Meanwhile, the Flaming Lips held their “bubble concert.”
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Ed Sheeran’s copyright infringement case has been postponed because of COVID.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: 55% of UK musicians are now “earning nothing.”
  5. Metal musicians and fans care about the world. Behold the World Metal Congress.
  6. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album is back in the Top 10 of the Billboard album charts for the first time in 42 years. Why? That viral TikTok video.
  7. Speaking of which, Is TikTok getting banned or not?
  8. In case you missed the news, Adele will host SNL this weekend. Yes, host and NOT be the musical guest.
  9. A new documentary on the Bee Gees is coming soon.
  10. The fitness app costs $150 a month.
  11. Can you do without any of these apps?
  12. RIP Canadian-born recording studio engineer Donald C. Hahn.
  13. “The past and future of the El Mocambo.” Discuss.
  14. A Teenage Head documentary called Picture My Face: The Story of Teenage Head is set for broadcast on TVO on November 3 at 9 pm. Wait: On US election night? (Full disclosure: I think I’m in this doc.)
  15. Speaking of TV, remember Electric Circus? Here’s a history.
  16. This Canadian guy is shaking up the music business these days. Meet Merck Mercuriadis.
  17. Did you know that one family controls the music played by the ice cream truck?
  18. Let’s take another look at Spotify’s plan to put music in podcasts. There are some good things and bad things about this idea.
  19. Finally, there was a lot more to Eddie Van Halen than you might think. Read this.

And as a bonus, here’s Jonathan Pie on the COVID crisis in the UK.

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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