Random music news for Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Question: Pro wrestling has been declared an essential service in which US state? If you said “Florida,” you win!

Meanwhile, are you having a hard time keeping track of the days? If I’m counting correctly, this is Wednesday and it’s April 15. I think. Here’s music news.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Pink’s ordeal with the virus was apparently horrific.
  2. Coronavirus update: 18% of Canadians want brands to stop advertising during the pandemic. Okay, but how will media outlets keep working?
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Radio listening is up, but advertising has gone off a cliff.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: France has banned music festivals until at least mid-July.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Each time a patient is discharged from this hospital in New York, they play “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: The Winnipeg Folk Festival has been canceled for 2020.
  7. Eric Baptiste, the CEO of SOCAN for the last ten years, has abruptly resigned.
  8. Had there been a Glastonbury this year, the lineup would have looked like this.
  9. Ozzy, who’s suffering from Parkinsons, is going to donate 10% of all his merch sales to the Michael J. Fox’s charity.
  10. With Record Store Day postponed until the fall, there’s a new campaign called RSDFillTheGap.
  11. Jimmy Webb, a guy who dressed a lot of rock stars, has died. It looks like it may have been cancer.
  12. Modular synth fun!
  13. A metal beer that’s non-alcoholic? Okay…
  14. This 5G conspiracy has resulted in its first movie. Zombies!
  15. There’s another new book on The Beatles that’s getting good reviews.
  16. This US congresswoman isn’t a big fan of Ticketmaster’s customer service.

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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