Random music news for Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Forty years ago today., the UK went to war with Argentina over the Falklands Islands. Morrissey is still pissed that the wrong side won. As for music news on April 2, 2019…

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. this time last year: Total albums, -20.3%; digital albums, -19%; CDs, -24.4%; vinyl albums, +5.6%; on-demand audio streams, +38.3% (1.398 billion streams in Canada last week).
  2. It was another good April Fool’s Day for rickrolling.
  3. Motley Crue’s biopic The Dirt has goosed sales of the band’s music.
  4. Rapper Nipsey Hussle died of gunshot wounds to the head and torso. He was shot outside of his LA store on Sunday afternoon. A suspect has now been identified.
  5. Meanwhile, 19 people were injured in a stampede at Hussle’s memorial.
  6. And in R Kelly World, things remain ridiculous.
  7. The Ultra Music Festival in Miami is being called Fyre Festival 2. That’s not good, obviously.
  8. Here is a breakdown of the most popular categories of podcasts now available.
  9. Another example of an often forgotten/overlooked Canadian hard rock band: Annihilator.
  10. Drake is really getting into investing esports endevours.
  11. Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green clothing company has gone bankrupt.
  12. As if New Zealand doesn’t have enough trouble: A death metal drummer has been charged with burning two churches.
  13. David Bowie continues to inspire people with his legacy. See?
  14. Here’s a good story about the challenges being faced by India’s metal bands.

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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