Random music news for Saturday, October 5, 2019

Lots of hockey, baseball, and football this weekend. I may not leave the couch. Here’s music news for October 5, 2019.

  1. Sorry for the lateness of this week’s report on Canadian music sales and streams this week. Here are where things stand vs. where they were a year ago: Total album sales, -23.9%; CD sales, -28.1%; digital albums, -22.0%; digital tracks, -27.7%; vinyl LPs, -0.5%; on-demand audio streams, +34.3% (1.398 billion streams in the country last week.)
  2. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  3. Hundreds of Quebec musicians want the provincial government to do something about low payouts from streaming music services.
  4. Are you following the Tekashi 6ix9ine trial? It’s insane.
  5. Speaking of insane
  6. Here’s background on the current Nickelback vs. Trump story.
  7. Sharon Osbourne is not happy with what’s being spread about Ozzy’s health.
  8. Brexit could make it very, very tough on British musicians wanting to tour the EU.
  9. People are flocking to Iceland to record music.
  10. Post Malone-branded Bud Light? Yep.
  11. A major manufacturer of headphones now has Google Assistant baked in.
  12. How TikTok revolutionized the idea of music discovery.
  13. Uh-oh. The property fight between Jimmy Page and Robbie Williams could flare up again.
  14. Why do radio stations repeat songs? For a very good reason.
  15. Meanwhile, this radio station in California is totally upfront when it comes to selling pay-for-play opportunities. (If you disclose it, it’s not payola.)
  16. Some scientists have implanted “memories” into birds which then gave them the ability to sing songs they’ve never heard.
  17. Imagine Noel Gallagher working with Morrissey. It could happen.
  18. Netflix continues to be all over music documentaries. A good thing, no?
  19. Having trouble sleeping? Try this.
  20. Why are so many artists fascinated by vintage sounds? This could explain it.

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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