Random music news for Tuesday, August 6, 2019

On this day in 1991 Tim Berners-Lee released his proposal for something he called The World Wide Web. Moving to music news for August 6, 2019…

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. this time last year: Total album sales, -25.5%; CD sales, -31.1%; digital albums, -20.9%; digital tracks, -27.5%; vinyl LPs, -4.0%; on-demand audio streams, +34.8% (1.487 billion streams in Canada last week).
  2. “Old Town Road” is #1 on the US singles chart for a record-breaking 18th week.
  3. Chinese media giant Tencent might buy 10% of Universal Music.
  4. Proof again that ex-Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins is a sick paedo freak. And who the hell is this woman?
  5. The grave of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis has been vandalized. Again.
  6. R Kelly has bee charged with more sex crimes, this time in Minnesota.
  7. Noel, Noel, Noel. “I liked my mum until she gave birth to Liam.”
  8. The Manic Street Preachers want nothing to do with an upcoming bio on the still-disappeared (and presumed dead) Richey Edwards.
  9. Judas Priest jewelry.
  10. Lady Gaga make-up.
  11. Ed Sheeran’s Sheeranville.
  12. Olivia Newton-John’s ranch.
  13. Remember those “temporary” dome shelters Kanye is building to house disciples for his Sunday service. They may be ordered to be taken down.
  14. Spotify has bought three podcast companies so far this year for US$404 million.
  15. Good choice, AC/DC.
  16. A couple of Rolling Stones walk into a diner

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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