Random music news for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Okay, okay! I’ll take the Christmas tree down this weekend. I’ve been busy doing things like gathering music news. Here’s what I have for January 15, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streams vs. this time last year: Total albums, -19.0%; digital albums, -11.1%; physical albums, -24.7%; CDs, -30.0%; digital tracks, -28.3%; vinyl LPs, +11.6%; on-demand audio streams, +51.9% (1.259 billion streams in Canada last week).
  2. Potential buyers of HMV UK have until today to make an offer.
  3. One of the biggest things at CES this year was 5G connectivity. What will 5G mean for music? Let’s speculate.
  4. Travis Scott made the controversial decision to be part of the Super Bowl halftime show. But he insisted on something specific from the NFL.
  5. First, Lady Gaga apologizes for working with R Kelly on the song “Do What U Want.” Then sales exploded by over 13,000%.
  6. The fight between the Australian politician and Twisted Sister over “We’re Not Gonna Take It” has gone to the next level.
  7. The parent company of Universal Music continues to look for a buyer. But who would buy the biggest of the major labels?
  8. Is the music industry a complete mess? At least one manager thinks so.
  9. Expect to hear a lot more about rules forcing streaming services to contribute to Canadian culture. Frankly, I agree with stuff like this.
  10. The nominations for the 2019 BRIT Awards are out.
  11. Beyonce’s company is being sued over her official website for an interesting reason.
  12. “Fake streams” on Tidal? There’s now a criminal investigation in Norway.
  13. It looks like Samsung will unveil its foldable phone on February 20…
  14. …and Apple is reportedly working on three new iPhones for 2020.
  15. If you’re into computer gaming, imagine having this monitor.
  16. There seems to be a slow surge in the streaming of classical music.
  17. This is the new beta of Twitter.
  18. If you post material on YouTube, you’d be wise not to swear. Here’s why.
  19. A good “where are they now”: Alice Nutter of Chumbawamba is now doing this.

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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