Random music news for Tuesday, July 2, 2019

July 2 is officially the midpoint of 2019. Thoughts on how things have gone so far? Let’s take a look at music news.

  1. Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. where they were at this time last year: Total albums, -24.3%; CDs, -29.9%; digital albums, -19.7%; digital tracks, -27.6%; vinyl LPs, -4.1%; on-demand audio streams, +35.1% (1.484 billion streams in the country last week).
  2. Remember the big sex-and-drugs scandal involving K-pop? Police want to talk to PSY.
  3. The Pixies now have a podcast.
  4. This will rile up Liam Gallagher.
  5. Oderus Urungus will soon have a GWAR-sponsored memorial marker.
  6. You know how Spotify lets artists directly upload material to its platform? Yeah, about that
  7. The Great Glastonbury Stink. Yuck.
  8. And a Glastonbury security guard was found dead in his tent.
  9. Who’s listening to podcasts these days? Let’s investigate.
  10. Digital commandments.
  11. Siri will now connect you to 100,000 radio stations just by asking.
  12. Want to buy a copy of Prince’s most famous guitar? Details here.
  13. This will warm the heart of SLAYER fans. (Via Michael)
  14. Want to learn how to play synths? Start here.
  15. If you’re looking for a new pair of headphones, here are ten recommendations of ‘phones that are actually worth the price.
  16. If you want to start a music-based podcast, you might want to read this first.
  17. Fascinating: 80% of the music consumed in India comes from movies.

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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