Random music news for Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Almost 150 British music venues have been saved from closure by some last-second donations.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Dropkick Murphys are going to play an empty Fenway Park. Springsteen is going to show up, too.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: The Hella Mega Tour featuring Green Day, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy has been postponed to next year.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: A nice song about physical distancing. (Via Tom)
  5. Coronavirus update 5: There’s no Glastonbury this year because of COVID-19, but organizers are still worried that fans will visit the site next month.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: The first socially-distanced concert was finally held in Arkansas. Here’s a report.
  7. The ransomware issue faced by the world’s biggest entertainment lawyer keeps getting worse. The hackers are now auctioning off confidential Madonna material. This is after they released some Trump stuff.
  8. Bored? Try this.
  9. This Belarus band sounds way too much like Joy Division, which is why they’re doing well on Spotify.
  10. Someone else is doing something to bring liner notes into the digital age. Take a look at MusicSmart.
  11. Heard of WeGenerate? You will.
  12. Infotainment/navigation systems that are always up to date? Yes, please.
  13. Canada fined Facebook $6.5 million over screwing with privacy claims.
  14. Indonesia is now going to tax services like Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services.
  15. How rich is Ed Sheeran? He paid for his £57m property acquisitions in cash.

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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