Random music news for Wednesday, April 22, 2020

  1. Coronavirus update 1: In an effort to calm frayed nerves, some radio stations are hauling out the Christmas music.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Moby continues to catch hell for firing everyone from his LA restaurant–and canceling their health care.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: With no students on campus, college radio is really suffering.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: The Mariposa Folk Festival has been canceled for 2020.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: BC’s Shambhala Music Festival has been canceled.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: The Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas has been canceled.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: A former associate of jailed rap mogul Suge Knight are behind those American lockdown protests.
  8. Spotify is getting into the business of podcast curation in hopes of becoming a global tastemaker. (Not in Canada yet, but it’s coming.)
  9. Apple Music just expanded into 52 new countries. The service is now available in 167 markets. Spotify operates in just 79.
  10. Could JLo become a co-owner of the New York Mets? Maybe.
  11. As much as I like playing the drums, I probably wouldn’t try this.
  12. The Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze have this to say about the upcoming doc, Beastie Boys Story. (I’ve seen it. It’s very good.)
  13. Interesting how indie artists in Sweden are bigger than ever. Is the an indication of things to come?
  14. About that new Adele album this year…
  15. You’d think that these guys who have more important things to worry about…
  16. Jungle music. Seriously.

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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