Random music news for Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I wonder how many people working from home for the first time have yet to put on pants? Another question: How’s your sense of smell? Pay attention to that. Here’s your music news for March 25, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Metallica is going to stream a live show every Monday.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Elton John has hunkered down, too.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Cirque du Soleil has canceled all productions and temporarily figure 95% of its staff.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Kenny Rogers’ funeral arrangements are being complicated by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Bandcamp held a sale on Friday and fans bought 800,000 items, fifteen times the usual volume. That raised US$4.3 million for artists.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: TikTok has donated US$10 million to the cause.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: This online radio station is giving a band to metal bands who have had their tour canceled.
  8. Coronavirus update 8: Deezer has a new “Stay at Home” section with playlists for people self-isolating.
  9. Coronavirus update 10: Bono, will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson and Yoshiki have done this. (Via Michael)
  10. Coronavirus update 11: Live Lesson Masters has musicians giving people music lessons face to face and in real time. (They’ve also got experts in things like cooking and yoga.)
  11. Coronavirus update 12: Stressed? Caught indoors? Try these outside world soundscapes.
  12. Coronavirus update 13: TikTok is booming.
  13. RIP Bill Rieflin, drummer for Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, REM, King Crimson and more. Cancer, apparently.
  14. Google Podcasts is undergoing a redesign.
  15. And speaking of podcasts, the New York Times has bought a startup that turns articles into audio.
  16. The induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will happening on November 7. HBO will run it live.

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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