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Published on April 9th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Okay, people. Time to take down the Christmas lights. At least remove those reindeer figures from the front yard, okay? Here’s what we have for music news for April 9, 2019.

  1. Canadian weekly music sales and streams vs. this time in 2018: Total album sales, -20.5%; CDs, -25.2%; digital albums, -18%; digital tracks, -29.6%; vinyl, +3.8%; on-demand audio streams, +38.1% (1.417 billion streams in Canada last week).
  2. Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green clothing company has been sold, saving it from insolvency.
  3. When Ozzy took a tumble at home, he dislodged some metal rods in his back, hence the cancellation of all those shows.
  4. Apple Music says it now has more subscribers in the US than Spotify.
  5. Henry Rollins and his shelves. You heard me.
  6. Cool: The weird machine that was once used to calculate radio ratings.
  7. If you have a podcast, listen to this conversation about best practices.
  8. Ed Robertson explains how the Barenaked Ladies came up with the theme to The Big Bang Theory.
  9. According to new CRTC data, 88% of Canadians listen to radio in any given month. No, the medium is not dead.
  10. There’s a new documentary on ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. It’s been dropped from a film festival because it reveals he first had sex with his future wife when she was just 14.
  11. A brief history of the theme from The Twilight Zone.
  12. K-pop is taking over YouTube again.
  13. Jack White’s Third Man Records is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The company has had some interesting experiences.
  14. Fun: Let’s go back to the days when the music industry declared that “home taping is killing music.” (Via Peter)



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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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