Random music news for Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Worried that you’re vulnerable to the Wuhan flu? What year were you born? There’s a connection, apparently. Now that I’ve amped your hypochondria, here’s music news for February 4, 2020.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. where things were at this point in 2019: Total album sales, -29.8%; CDs, -32.8%; digital albums, -30.5%; digital tracks, -30.1%; vinyl LPs, -10.8%; on-demand audio streams, +19.6% (1.586 billion streams in the country last week).
  2. Dave Mustaine of Megadeth says that’s he’s “100% free of cancer.”
  3. Meanwhile, Julian Lennon had a cancer scare.
  4. The Grammy scandal involving the dismissal of Deborah Dugan continues.
  5. Uh, Mr. Trump, sir? Some rock stars would like a word with you about football.
  6. Google says that YouTube is now a business worth US$15 billion a year.
  7. New music from ABBA is coming–almost three years after the possibility was first announced.
  8. Madonna’s not well. Injuries have forced the cancellation of more shows.
  9. What’s going on within The Strumbellas? Someone is not well.
  10. The Oomphalapompatronium?
  11. A double Smashing Pumpkins album is apparently on the way.
  12. This could mean better WiFi. It’s wallpaper.
  13. The Wall of Sound. No, that’s not a Phil Spector reference. It has to do with the Grateful Dead’s PA system.
  14. Was rock snubbed by the Junos? Yes, but
  15. Imagine if something like this happened today.
  16. You thing that was loud? THIS is loud.
  17. And you’re using the wrong alarm clock.
  18. I was on this podcast.

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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