Random music news for Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Looking to renovate the bathroom? You might want to consider this new high-tech toilet that takes “analprints.” Think about that for a second before you dive into music news for April 8, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Elton John has launched a $US1 million fund for people living with HIV.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Lucian Grange, the CEO of Universal Music, is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Jay-Z has donated 100,000 masks for use by people in prison.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: There’s a move in the UK to open shuttered cultural spaces (including music venues) to the homeless during this crisis.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Nova Scotia’s The Stanfields have a new isolation song called “Stay the Blazes Home.”
  6. Coronavirus update 6: R Kelly has been denied release from prison.
  7. Are you among the many people who are using this lockdown as an opportunity to get in shape? Deezer has some new workout playlists.
  8. Podcast listening is trending down. Why? No one’s commuting.
  9. Another look at radio vs. Spotify.
  10. We’re in the midst of a self-isolation entertainment boom. Here’s what that means.
  11. The Vinyl Alliance says that COVID-19 is killing the vinyl part of the industry because “the supply chain is broken.”
  12. The Coachella documentary will debut this weekend.
  13. Speaking of documentaries, Eddie Kramer, Jimi Hendrix’s favourite producer (and a guy who has worked with everyone from Led Zeppelin on down) is getting his own rock doc.
  14. Here are some tips on livestreaming your own gig.
  15. Sanity in copyright fights? Maybe.

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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