Random music news for Tuesday, January 28, 2020

If you live in the Toronto area, is your bank suddenly on lockdown with a security guard at the front door? It’s everywhere. I wonder what’s going on? Ask around after you have a look at music news for January 28, 2020.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming figures compared to where things were at this point in 2019: Total album sales, -25.8%; CD sales, -25.5%; digital albums, -29.7%; digital tracks, -30.8%; vinyl LPs, -8.6%; on-demand audio streams, +20.9% (1.581 billion streams in the country last week). TEAs–the combination of physical sales and streams), +10.0%.
  2. Here are this year’s complaints about how the Grammys screwed up with its “in memoriam” segment.
  3. Mick Jagger has jumped into podcasts.
  4. Interested in music and AI? Take a look at DeepJams.
  5. The second-largest smartphone market in the world is now India.
  6. Want your kid to have music lessons? You might start with the ukulele.
  7. Then you can graduate to playing dissonant guitar chords.
  8. This thing about young kids impressing bands with their musical chops just won’t stop. Up next; This 10–year-old girl rocking Queens of the Stone Age.
  9. This could be a solution to all the expensive copyright infringement claims.

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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