Random music news for Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The US presidential election is four weeks from today. Twenty-eight days. There’s still plenty of time for things to get even weirder. Distract yourself from the craziness by digging into music news for October 6, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Some Toronto music venues are coming back virtually.
  2. The head of Ticketmaster is stepping down.
  3. Is payola back for American radio? (Hint: It never left.)
  4. Victims of the mass shooting at the 2017 Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas will receive a settlement worth US$800 million.
  5. Ed Sheeran’s hair almost ended his career before it began.
  6. Want to get the jump on Halloween? Try this playlist.
  7. Remember the whole MegaUpload lawsuit? It’s still going on.
  8. This guy has been called the “founding father of electronica.”
  9. There’s an interesting connection between the drop in NBA ratings and music licensing fees.
  10. Fender is offering three months of free guitar lessons.
  11. Here’s what can happen if a serious collector on the other side of the planet takes notice of something that you once did.
  12. Spotify debuted its first weekly albums chart.
  13. And there’s a Spotify app that allows you to search for songs using lyrics.
  14. Because the Bond movie No Time to Die won’t be out this year, Billie Eilish’s Bond theme won’t be eligible for an Oscar.

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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