Random music news for Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Thirty years ago today, the first episodes of The Simpsons premiered on Fox with an episode entitled “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.” Moving to music news for December 17, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streams vs. where things were at this time last year: Total album sales, -22.9%; CDs, -25.4%; digital albums, -24.3%; digital downloads, -28.2%; vinyl LPs, +4.3%; on-demand audio streams, +38.3% (1.661 billion streams in the country this week, up 3.3% from last week).
  2. Wouldn’t it be great if this song ended up as the Christmas #1 in the UK?
  3. Boy, people are really hating on Drake’s Raptors championship ring.
  4. Never use your phone to video Beyonce dancing–especially if Jay Z is around.
  5. A good (but detailed read) on the future of “demand creation” in music.
  6. Here’s Spotify’s recap of podcasts in 2019.
  7. By the way, Spotify is now a more popular place to get podcasts in Canada than Apple Music…
  8. …and Spotify has the pedal to the metal when it comes to podcasts with this new feature.
  9. Wait: Podcasts are threatening the growth of the music industry? How?
  10. A Star WarsChanukah? (Via Danny)
  11. And the Fyre Festival lawsuits just keep on coming.
  12. This is what happens when a hardcore band plays a Denny’s.
  13. If an AI creates music, who owns the copyright? This is now formally being investigated.
  14. Spotify is now advertising “high-quality sound.” At 320 kbps, it’s good, but other streaming services offer more than twice that resolution.
  15. Mariah Carey’s team didn’t leave a tip when the star had a $500 meal.

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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