Random music news for Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Maybe we don’t need glasses/eye surgery after all. Cool. On to music news for music news for February 11, 2020.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats compared to where things were a year ago: Total album sales, -29%; CD sales, -31.6%; digital albums, -29.8%; digital tracks, -29.6%; vinyl LPs, -11.8%; on-demand audio streams, +19.9% (1.589 billion streams in Canada last week).
  2. Rage Against the Machine is back in a big way.
  3. Indie darlings The Oh Sees have issued a career-spanning box set–on 8-track.
  4. Here’s an example of a Canadian musician who has a side gig so he can eat while he makes music–because as we all know, music just doesn’t pay like it used to.
  5. The purchase of StubHub by Viagogo is on hold.
  6. Erectile dysfunction? Maybe you need sound waves.
  7. And while we’re on the subject, here’s a song about a heavy metal penis.
  8. So much for Google Play Music, apparently. It will be killed off this year.
  9. As a radio announcer, this sort of technology really annoys me. It could be the death of the industry.
  10. Meanwhile, this app will turn your singing into music.
  11. Love Japanese drumming? Take a look at this.
  12. Applying Lego technology to the guitar: This is…interesting.
  13. Here’s a fascinating look at how labels are re-releasing older music as box sets and re-issues.
  14. Muse’s Matt Bellamy and Elle Evans are expecting their first child.
  15. You’re not making it easier on yourself, Snoop.
  16. These older albums could be headed for the scrap heap.
  17. Impossible songs? This is what I mean by that.

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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