Random music news for Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The first-ever Nobel Prize ceremony was held on this day in 1901. Now let’s try some music news for December 10, 2019.

  1. Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died at age 61 after a 17 year fight with brain cancer.
  2. Weekly Canadian music sales and stream stats vs, where things were a year ago: Total albums, -23.3%; CD sales, -25.7%, digital albums, -24.4%; digital tracks, -28.3%; vinyl LPs, +2.2%; on-demand audio streams, +32.8% (1.608 billion streams in the country last week).
  3. Oh, and for those with a cassette fetish, a total of 6,700 pre-recorded cassettes have been sold for the entire year across the country. And that’s a drop of 10.7% from last year. There is no “cassette revival” in this country,
  4. It seems that there’s a lot more to the death of rapper Juice WRLD still to come out. Guns. Weed. Percocet.
  5. Dave Grohl pounds beers. Not that this is unusual, of course.
  6. If you’re a musician, here’s a look back at some of the most important new gear of the 2010s.
  7. That stolen Randy Rhoads gear? It was found in a North Hollywood dumpster.
  8. Canadians can’t get Pandora, but here’s the platform’s picks for the top 100 songs of the 2010s just the same.
  9. Listening bars: I really like this idea. Hell, I’d be a regular if there was one near me.
  10. Why do the Spotify and Apple Music Awards really exist? Here’s an explanation.
  11. Another explanation: The correct history of music streaming.
  12. Billie Eilish got a USD$25 million deal for an Apple TV+ documentary. Wow.
  13. Remember The Long Tail theory once embraced by the music industry? Yeah, about that
  14. Gift ideas: The best headphones, speakers, and turntables of 2019.
  15. Beatles fans are gonna go nuts over this incredible collectible.
  16. Beethoven left behind an unfinished symphony. Now an algorithm is going to complete it.
  17. Katy Perry is fighting back hard against a ridiculous plagiarism claim. Good.
  18. A Bowie-themed planetarium show? Makes sense.

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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