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Published on February 12th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Today is Charles Darwin’s birthday. Make sure you give a creationist a hug. And now, music news for February 12, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. this week last year: Total albums sold, -22.1%; digital albums sold, -23.4%; all physical albums, -21.1%; CDs, -25.5%; vinyl albums, 14.0%; on-demand audio streams, +39.9% (1.315 billion streams(
  2. Word is that the Grammys rejected XXXTentacion for their annual “in memoriam” segment.
  3. TV ratings for the Grammys hit a new low in the target demo (adults 18-49) but saw an overall increase in viewers.
  4. Ariana Grande vs. the hockey puck.
  5. What are you trying to tell us, Big Wreck? What does this video mean? (Via Mykel)
  6. Emergency surgery for Neil Schon of Journey. Gall bladder had to come out.
  7. I’m going to have to get this book called The Final Days of EMI: Selling the Pig. It’s bound to be filled with all kinds of music industry gossip.
  8. Not music related, but fun for a Tuesday. Play “Can’t Unsee.”
  9. Another installment of a series of posts dedicated to often-forgotten Canadian hard rock bands of the past: Sven Gali.
  10. A couple got engaged at an Arkells show. How sweet. (Via Tom)
  11. Could Vivendi really be serious about selling Universal Music Group? Hey, if it’s worth US$42 billion, wouldn’t you? The company had its best year ever.
  12. And if UMG goes, what about the other majors? Could we see a bunch of sales? It’s a question worth asking.
  13. Because who doesn’t want a metal version of the theme from The Golden Girls?
  14. A Michael Jackson statue has been removed from a Danish mall over complaints that he was a pedo.



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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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