Random music news for Saturday, January 18, 2020

Willie O’Ree, the first Black player in the NHL, played his first game with the NY Rangers on this day in 1958. Moving to music news for January 20, 2020…

  1. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  2. Rush music streams are up 776% since Neil Peart’s death. Searches for Rush lyrics occupy 23 of the 25 spots on LyricFind. Rush sales are up by 2,000%
  3. Brett Michaels of Poison is going to have a procedure for skin cancer.
  4. Here’s a recap of all the gold and platinum albums in Canada in 2019.
  5. Jeebus, another music plagiarism suit. This time, Ariana Grande is being sued over a passage in “7 Rings” by a hip-hop artist named DOT.
  6. Bose is closing all 119 of its retail stores.
  7. Apple Music has signed a deal with the NBA.
  8. Speaking of Apple, here’s how Apple Podcast charts work.
  9. Rogers has begun a rollout of 5G in Canada.
  10. Deborah Dugan, the head of the Grammys, has been put on administrative leave as the result of “misconduct” a little over a week before the Grammy ceremonies.
  11. Spin and Stereogum are being sold–again.
  12. SoundCloud seems to be doing well revenue-wise. Didn’t they almost go out of business a while back?
  13. How to create the perfect James Bond song.
  14. This Barenaked Ladies summer tour looks interesting. Here’s the video announcement.
  15. Producer Rick Rubin has a new line of shoes.
  16. Akon City?” Sounds interesting.

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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