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Random music news for Tuesday, February 26, 2019

This was the date in 1993 of the truck bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York. Worse was to come, of course. Here’s music news for February 26, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. this time last week: Total albums, -21.6%; digital albums, -20.6%; CDs, -26.3%, digital tracks, -30.9%; vinyl LPs, +11.1%, on-demand audio streams, +39.9% (1.319 billion streams last week).
  2. “Despacito” has become the first anything to reach 6 billion views on YouTube. On average, it’s being viewed 2.8 million times a day.
  3. One of R Kelly’s accusers has penned this op-ed.
  4. Meanwhile, Kelly says “Not guilty!” And that he’s the victim of collusion.
  5. And he’s been released on bail. His first stop was a McDonald’s where he allegedly once picked up underaged girls.
  6. The Beatles still sell an awful lot of product, but their streaming numbers are very, very weak.
  7. When it comes to rock, 70 is the new 50.
  8. Spotify and Warner are fighting about what to do about India.
  9. More performers have been added to the 2019 Juno Awards.
  10. RIP Toronto rocker Johnny Lovesin.
  11. Do we really need two Celine Dion biopics?
  12. So I guess Madonna and Lady Gaga are…friends now?
  13. Another installment of the series charting nearly-forgotten Canadian hard rock bands: Haywire.
  14. Auto Tune for karaoke.
  15. You know that “I am not a robot” checkbox we see on so many sites? So why can’t bots check that box? Well, it’s complicated.
  16. And you think your job sucks, read this and you won’t feel so bad.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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