Random music news for Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Plastic (or at least the first version of it) is 110 years old today. As for music news for February 5, 2019, here’s what I’ve got.

  1. Here’s a look at Canadian music sales and streams from last week: Total album sales, -20.1%; digital albums, -22.7%; physical albums, -18%; CDs. -22.5%; vinyl LPs, 17.2%; on-demand audio streams, +35.7% (1.318 billion streams last week).
  2. Did the grandfather of Arcade Fire’s Win and Wil Butler really invent the electric guitar?
  3. Did you make an over/under bet on the length of the national anthem at the Super Bowl? There’s a problem.
  4. Siri shakeup!
  5. Here’s the latest installment of a series that remembers often forgotten Canadian hard rock bands. This time it’s Harem Scarem.
  6. There is now a burlesque show based entirely on the music of Weird Al. Wait–what? (Via Tom)
  7. These five rules will make life MUCH better for you on Twitter. Adopt them!
  8. Ever heard of “dislike mobs” on YouTube? They exist.
  9. Marshello, the dance artist, played two concerts within Fortnite. It’s estimated that 10 million people saw the first one. This whole thing raised an interesting question: What is a concert, anyway?
  10. Having trouble learning to play the guitar? Look at this app.
  11. Augmented reality audio sunglasses from Bose? They’re coming.
  12. Anyone up for some hemp-infused coffee from Willie Nelson? It’s coming, too.
  13. Here’s how Frances Bean Cobain is spending her $100 million inheiritance.
  14. Hate autoplay videos on websites? Maybe Firefox is the answer.

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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