Random music news for Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Sad news. The “double Rainbow guy” has died of COVID-19. In other news, here’s what’s happening in music for May 13, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Bryan Adams’ comments about “bat eating” “virus making greedy bastards” aren’t winning him many fans. (Via Tom)
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Here is how Live Nation is going to ride out the virus.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: One in five British musicians think that COVID-19 will end their career.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: This concert will be a litmus test as to whether people are ready to go to gigs again. The precautions they’re taking are…incredible.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: The Reading and Leeds Festivals have been canceled for this year.
  6. Record labels are having to go back to the drawing board when it comes to marketing their music.
  7. Spotify has a new feature: Lockdown disco listening.
  8. This guy covered Metallica’s “One” on bass. (Bass players will get the point he’s making.) (Via Danny)
  9. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull says he’s suffering from incurable lung disease (COPD).
  10. The Chinese are listening to a LOT of podcasts.
  11. Here’s how Noel Gallagher dealt with panic attacks back in the 90s. (Do NOT try this at home!)
  12. Audi’s new MIB 3 infotainment system looks really cool.
  13. Have you noticed that more and more websites are starting to look the same?
  14. You know all those online church services? There are copyright considerations that are annoying some people.
  15. Billie Eilish needed a restraining order against an obsessed fan.
  16. The biggest (and most social-distancing-friendly) gigs in the world are now inside Fortnite.
  17. Deezer has cut the price of its high-def streaming service.
  18. Meanwhile, Google Play Music will be killed later this year and folded into YouTube Music.
  19. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is the first and only album to spend 950 weeks on the Billboard Top 200.

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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