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Published on July 16th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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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.

  1. My western Canadian speaking tour starts today with a stop in Victoria. Details here.
  2. 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.)
  3. And just for fun: Cassette sales at this time last year totaled 4,200. Today, they’re at 3,900. Whoop-de-doo.
  4. Holy crap, Drake! Are lawn tickets for your OVO shows in Toronto really going for FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS?
  5. Another Toronto music venue–this time the Cadillac Lounge–is closing. Not good.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Let’s reimagine today’s apps–Spotify, SoundCloud, Facebook, et al–as pre-internet services. We might end up something like this.
  9. Google is trying again with another social network. Falling in the footsteps of Wave, Orkut, Google Buzz, and Google+ comes Shoelace.
  10. Robert. Robert. ROBERT! WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING?
  11. The late Walter Becker, he of Steely Dan, will have his gear auctioned off this fall.
  12. Here’s how you beat Taylor Swift and BTS on YouTube. Clever, this.
  13. Meanwhile, this isn’t smart, BTS. Saudi Arabia? Really?
  14. Some cool new technology is bringing the deaf into the concert experience. Via Tom
  15. Good move, Britain.
  16. Nostalgic about Woodstock 99? Don’t be. Check this out.
  17. People are talking about the mental health of musicians. Good.



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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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