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Published on July 9th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, July 9, 2019

It’s that time of year when I contemplate giving up on growing grass in the back yard. Two dogs will do that. Off to music news for July 9, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming figures vs. where things were at this time last year: Total album sales, -24.5%; CDs, -29.8%, digital albums, -20.1%; vinyl, -4.7%; on-demand audio streams, +34.9% (1.461 billion streams in the country last week.)
  2. Children’s choir sings Dio. As in Ronnie James. (Via Tm)
  3. This music festival in Detroit charged $10 for persons of colour but $20 for whites. There was a backlash.
  4. Want to block facial recognition technology? Wear ICP makeup.
  5. It’s been 20 years since Pearl Jam took on Ticketmaster. Maybe they were just too far ahead of their time.
  6. The opera truck. (Via Tom)
  7. Yet another Ontario summer festival has been canceled.
  8. In praise of independent radio.
  9. Heather Mills, the ex of Paul McCartney, just ended up with a settlement in a phone-hacking case.
  10. Ten radio lies.
  11. Drones.
  12. Hate auto-play videos? Google is apparently working on a pause/play button for its Chrome browser.
  13. The latest installment of Often Forgotten Canadian Hard Rock Bands features Kick Axe.
  14. Marilyn Manson and Stephen King, together at last.
  15. The drummer of EyeHateGod was knifed and robbed in Mexico.



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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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