Published on July 16th, 2019 | by Alan Cross0
Random music news for Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Anyone else getting tired of that smug Trivago guy? Just askin’. Here’s music news for July 16, 2019.
- My western Canadian speaking tour starts today with a stop in Victoria. Details here.
- Weekly Canadian music sales and streams vs. where we were at this time last years: Total albums, -25.0%; CDs, -30.2%; digital albums, -20.9%; digital tracks, -27.6%; vinyl LPs, -4.3%; on-demand audio streams, +34.9% (1.461 billion streams in the country last week.)
- And just for fun: Cassette sales at this time last year totaled 4,200. Today, they’re at 3,900. Whoop-de-doo.
- Holy crap, Drake! Are lawn tickets for your OVO shows in Toronto really going for FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS?
- Another Toronto music venue–this time the Cadillac Lounge–is closing. Not good.
- With 30 days to go before the gates are supposed to open, Woodstock 50 still doesn’t have a venue. Now they’re holding an open house.
- This sort of things just doesn’t happen in the rock/rap world: A young promising classical violinist has died of a massive drug overdose.
- Let’s reimagine today’s apps–Spotify, SoundCloud, Facebook, et al–as pre-internet services. We might end up something like this.
- Google is trying again with another social network. Falling in the footsteps of Wave, Orkut, Google Buzz, and Google+ comes Shoelace.
- Robert. Robert. ROBERT! WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING?
- The late Walter Becker, he of Steely Dan, will have his gear auctioned off this fall.
- Here’s how you beat Taylor Swift and BTS on YouTube. Clever, this.
- Meanwhile, this isn’t smart, BTS. Saudi Arabia? Really?
- Some cool new technology is bringing the deaf into the concert experience. Via Tom
- Good move, Britain.
- Nostalgic about Woodstock 99? Don’t be. Check this out.
- People are talking about the mental health of musicians. Good.