Random music news for Tuesday, August 13, 2019

It’s that time of August when those stupid wasps show up to ruin our outdoor meals. Moving to music news for August 13, 2019…

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming vs. this point in 2018: Total albums sales, -25.2%; -CDs, 27.8%; digital albums, -20.9%; digital tracks, -27.5%; vinyl LPs, -3.2%; on-demand audio: +34.7% (1.467 billion streams in Canada last week.)
  2. Apparently, gadgets like mobile phones can be hacked to produce deafening and incapacitating noises.
  3. John Legend held a special surprise event for Dayton, Ohio, in the wake of the mass shootings.
  4. People keep stealing the street sign for Old Town Road in a town in Massachusetts.
  5. Cool: Self-powered clothes that can power your electronic devices.
  6. What, exactly, have Apple planned for podcasts? Well, they want to keep Spotify at bay, for one.
  7. Are you having stress dreams about losing your AirPods? Some people are.
  8. Elvis Presley’s Harley is going up for auction and could set a world record.
  9. Meanwhile, Duane Allman’s 1957 Les Paul–the one he played on “Layla”–just sold for US$1.25 million.
  10. Jean Savage is 95 and has been listening to Glass Tiger for over 30 years. Then Glass Tiger dropped into her retirement home for a private concert.
  11. The so-called “cassette resurrection?” It has nothing to do with the music.
  12. Meanwhile, there’s still quite a bit of Walkman-related nostalgia to go around 40 years later.
  13. Sonos has issued it’s first-ever Bluetooth speaker.
  14. Noel Gallagher is quitting London after there were two stabbings in his neighbourhood. He’s tired of the knife crime.
  15. Lady Gaga is coming to the rescue of both El Paso and Dayton. Excellent gesture.
  16. If we’re to judge things on the basis of numbers of employees, the major labels seem to be doing much better these days.

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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