Random music news for July 31, 2019

The end of July already? Have any stores set up their Christmas displays yet? If not, it won’t be long. Distract yourself from that by immersing yourself in music news for July 31, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming sales this week vs. a year ago. Total album sales, -24.9%; CDs, -30.4%; digital albums, -20.8%; digital tracks, -27.5%; vinyl, -2.4%; on-demand audio streams, +34.8% (1.484 billion streams in the country last week.)
  2. Apple had a good quarter with revenues driven by AirPod sales.
  3. Sony, the second-largest major record label, says it’s making US$6.7 million a day from streaming. Much that is coming from “Old Town Road.”
  4. On a related note, 63% of all the music revenue in France comes from streaming.
  5. Silly parrot.
  6. Silly donkey.
  7. A Kraftwerk sampling case has been winding its way through the German courts for 19 years. It’s finally over–and Kraftwerk won.
  8. Can Woodstock 50–which will now be a free event–guilt performers into appearing? That’s why they’re now positioning the event as a “benefit concert.”
  9. Liam Gallagher’s son has been expelled from school. Now he’s going to be a model.
  10. Despite what Spotify may have been telling some subscribers, no, Nirvana isn’t playing a gig on August 9.
  11. Wu-Tang Clan is going to headline a Toronto food festival this September.
  12. Kijiji will no longer sell tickets on its Canadian site. Too many issues with ticket fraud.
  13. Radio listening is still very much a thing in the UK. Here are the latest figures.
  14. Into country? Then you’ll want to read this from documentary maker Ken Burns.
  15. UK singer Lily Allen is about to release her own line of sex toys.
  16. At the other end of the spectrum, here comes all the “Baby Shark” merch.
  17. Looking to up your game when it comes to summer workouts? Try this science-backed playlist.

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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