Random music news for Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Off to Indonesia today. Let’s hope the monsoons hold off. Here’s what’s going on with music news for December 3, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. where things were at this time last year: Total album sales, -23.4%; CDs, -25.9%; digital albums, -24.2%; digital tracks, -28.3%; vinyl LPs, +1.5%; on-demand audio streams, +33.0% (1.581 billion streams in the country last week.)
  2. NOW, Toronto’s (money-losing) alternative weekly, has been sold for $2 million. The print editions stays.
  3. This Sunday saw an anniversary: 100 years of radio in Canada.
  4. Billie Eilish vs. Twitter re: Van Halen.
  5. But here comes Wolfgang to defend her in the whole Van Halen thing.
  6. The Mexican stop on the Slipknot/Evanescence tour turned into an actual riot
  7. …and even though the mob burned down his drums, Evanescence’s Will Hunt though the rioters were “pack of [email protected]$ies.”
  8. Moist looks back on 25 years as a band.
  9. The Weeknd has a new gig (sort of) with Mercedes-Benz.
  10. Any guesses as to what are the most-visited websites in the world? Here’s the list.
  11. Flaming Lips weed. And yes, it’s high-potency.
  12. Not music-related but fun: A visualization of the top TV series from 1986 to 2019.

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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