Published on January 1st, 2019 | by Alan Cross0
Random music new for Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Let’s face it: if eggnog were really any good, we’d drink it year-round. Just sayin’. Now some music news for the first day of 2019.
- Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming: The final report for 2018 looks like this: Total albums, -23.1% lower than 2017; digital albums, -19.9%; physical albums, -24.9%; CDs, -28.5%; vinyl LPs, +21.4%; audio streams, +44.3% (1.327 billion streams last week.)
- And if you’re rooting for the return of the cassette, sales are up 14.5% from 2017. But before you get too excited, that works out to a total 12-month cross-Canada sales number of 8,700. And no, that’s not a typo. Compare that to 975,2000 vinyl LPs and 5,081,000 CDs.
- Ray Sawyer, the eye patch guy from Dr. Hook, has died at the age of 81. (The eye patch was real, by the way, the result of an auto accident.)
- Jimmy Osmond, the youngest of the Osmond brothers, has suffered a stroke.
- Madonna gave a surprise New Year’s Eve performance in New York.
- Here are a few predictions for music and the media for 2019.
- Pearl Jame’s Jeff Ament has released his Top 10 of 2018.
- A brief history of the term “sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll.”
- So much for Pete Tong’s New Year’s Eve balloon drop in the Philippines.
- The head of a Saudi TV network was fired for allowing the broadcast of a music concert.
- The Great Streaming Wars of 2019 is about to begin.
- Now you can eat just like Johnny Cash thanks to this new cookbook.
- Snoop Dogg wants to adopt an abandoned dog named Snoop Dogg.
- How did the boy next door (cf. Ed Sheeran and George Ezra) conquer pop music?
- Bohemian Rhapsody has been nominated for a couple of film awards.
- Because he got high. (Via Tom)
- Kids: They just don’t go clubbing like we used to. Why?
- No. Just no.