Random music news for Thursday, January 2, 2020

Back to work yet? Or are you off until Monday? Regardless, you still need your daily dose of music news.

  1. Over 100 billion songs were streamed in 2019. It’s the first time streams have hit that number.
  2. Opera musicians stormed the Bastille.
  3. Vinyl had a great Christmas in the US, selling 1.22 million units in the week leading up to the holiday. That’s the biggest number since Nielsen started tracking things in 1991.
  4. The biggest vinyl sellers in the US this Christmas: Harry Styles (Fine Line), Billie Eilish (When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?), Beatles (Abbey Road), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1 and Queen (Greatest Hits).
  5. A great discussion of why DAB thrived in the UK and Europe and died in Canada.
  6. Sorry about this imagery.
  7. Liam Gallagher seems to be in a conciliatory mood these days. Could that help with an Oasis reunion?
  8. This year will mark the 100th anniversary of broadcast radio.
  9. Pop-up shows, anyone?
  10. Looking to kill time? Here’s an interesting sci-fi short story with a musical twist.
  11. At least one Australian musician has lost his home as a result of the wildfires.
  12. Another death in Whitney Houston’s orbit. Her daughter’s ex-fiance has died of an overdose.
  13. Surround-sound on the next generation of Macbooks? Maybe.

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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