Random music news for Friday, February 15, 2019

More than halfway through February. And after the weather week much of North America had, that’s good news. Here’s your roundup music news for February 15, 2019.

  1. Another R Kelly sex tape has appeared. Prosecutors are close to indicting him.
  2. And the Ryan Adams #MeToo situation thickens. He’s now threatening the New York Times with a lawsuit
  3. …but the FBI has opened an investigation into sexual abuse allegations against Ryan him…
  4. …and his upcoming album and a new signature amp have been pulled.
  5. Chris Brown is in trouble again.
  6. The Chicago run of the Michael Jackson musical has been canceled because of the latest pedo allegations.
  7. I had a feeling something was weird about Jussie Smollett’s story about being attacked…
  8. A pop group in Iran has been censored and banned because a female guitarist in the band dared sing a 12-second vocal solo, something that’s highly illegal under Iranian. The religious police are investigating.
  9. The brand most trusted by millennials? YouTube.
  10. My wife would have killed me if I had done this for Valentine’s Day.
  11. Universal, the biggest of the major labels, had record revenues of US$7.1 billion in 2018. Of that, US$3.08 billion came from streaming, up 37.3% over 2017. Physical music sales? Down 16% to US$1.13 billion. A good time for Vivendi to sell the label? More here.
  12. Toddlers: the newest music tastemakers and influencers. Yes, babies.
  13. Qobuz, a European high-res music streaming service, debuted in the US yesterday. No idea when (or if) it’s coming to Canada.
  14. One Direction/The Chainsmokers? What’s the difference? Er, Mariah..
  15. Try as he might, Noel Gallagher can’t sell his house in London.
  16. Ranking the greatest banned songs of all time.
  17. A guy in smalltown England wants to erect a statue dedicated to NWA’s Eazy-E. Because nothing says gangsta like smalltown England.
  18. “How Pop Music Embraced Death and Lost Its Sex Appeal.” Discuss.
  19. Ever use Discogs.com as a resource for tracking down music? Then you might be interested in their annual report.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

One thought on “Random music news for Friday, February 15, 2019

  • February 15, 2019 at 11:00 am

    It’s pretty exciting to know there’s a new lossless streaming service to explore. I was hoping it would also launch in Canada but oh well. Maybe later.


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