Random music news for Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Happy 77th birthday, Paul McCartney! (Check out the reference to him in this story.) Now on to music news for June 18, 2019.

  1. Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has been diagnosed with throat cancer.
  2. Here are the week’s Canadian music sales and streaming numbers vs. how things looked a year ago: Total albums, -24.1%; CDs, -29.7%; digital albums, -19.4%; digital tracks, -28.0%; vinyl LPs, -4.1%; on-demand audio streams, +35.4% (1.461 billion streams in Canada last week).
  3. Rick Astley performs AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” while playing the drums. Wait–what?
  4. Apple has trademarked a name in Canada for a mini-documentary series.
  5. Thom Yorke: Coming this way.
  6. Who knew Robert De Niro was such a piano guy?
  7. A new survey says that 37% of American now go online mostly using a smartphone.
  8. Wyclef Jean once had ambitions of being the president of Haiti.
  9. Would you want The Rock to be the voice of your smart speaker? A lot of people do, apparently.
  10. Look what you can do with music and vibrating water. Cooooooool! (Via Andrew)
  11. This past weekend marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Bleach album.
  12. Why did Woodstock 50 get kicked out of Watkins Glen? Because organizers didn’t pay the $150,000 deposit.
  13. Donatella Versace paid homage to Keith Flint of The Prodigy with this new collection.
  14. The party the Raptors had with Drake in Las Vegas looked pretty crazy.

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.