Random music new for Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Making the move from Phuket to Singapore today. There was just enough time to compile music news for November 13, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. where things were at this time last year: Total album sales, -23.6%; CDs, -26.9%; digital albums, -23.2%; digital tracks, -28.1%; vinyl records, +1.1%; on-demand audio streams, +33.5% (1.525 billion streams in Canada last week.)
  2. One more thing: Cassette sales in Canada are down 9%. Only 6,100 cassettes have been sold all across Canada all year. Compare that to 4.1 million CDs and 714,200 LPs.
  3. Today is the fourth anniversary of the Bataclan massacre.
  4. Here are some picks for the 20 most annoying Christmas songs of all time.
  5. The world’s only guitar-shaped hotel is now open in Florida.
  6. K-pop is all sunshine and unicorns, right? Not really. In fact, there’s a real dark side. (Via Bobby)
  7. An Apple AR headset? Probably not until 2022.
  8. More R Kelly drama.
  9. The Internet Archive wants to digitize 100,000 vinyl records. The first 750 are available now.
  10. Instagram users now have a new music feature.
  11. A comprehensive universal music rights database? Yes, please.
  12. Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill Broadway musical is doing quite well at the box office so far.
  13. What’s going on behind the scenes at Spotify these days? Check this out.
  14. Who would slap Madonna?
  15. Are you a musician looking to improve your improvisation skills? Try this book.
  16. I’m sure the Rolling Stones appreciated this endorsement.
  17. Who would buy Rihanna’s cigarette butt?

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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