Random music news for Tuesday, April 16, 2019

On this day in 1910, the Boston Arena opened. It’s still open, making it the oldest hockey rink still in universe. Moving to music news for April 16, 2019…

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. this time in last year: Total album sales, -20.5%; CDs, -25.2%; digital albums, -18.2%; digital tracks, -29.8%; vinyl LPs, +4.1%; on-demand audio streaming: +38.8% (1.431 billion streams in the country last week).
  2. Universal Music is now generating US$10 million a day from streaming.
  3. Simon Cowell’s mansion has a gay ghost.
  4. Did you notice the Ed Sheeran reference in the season premiere of Game of Thrones?
  5. Oh, Morrissey. Well, this is typical of him, innit?
  6. A new radio format: All military music all the time.
  7. This could be an indication of where things are going with radio in the car.
  8. Toronto’s El Mocambo is finally ready to reopen after a reported $17 million renovation. It’s just waiting for all the liquor board and other permits.
  9. If you’re the kind of person who might want to share what music you’re listening to with Instagram, try NoiseHub.
  10. And then there’s Festify, which turns your favourite Spotify artists into a music festival-type thingy.
  11. Raves and robots.
  12. Want to name a newly discovered species after your favourite musician? You can do that now–but it’ll cost you.
  13. Fun: Police notes from the time The Beatles visited the US in 1964.
  14. Another forgotten Canadian hard rock band from the past: THOR.
  15. And yet another: Gypsy Rose.

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.

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