Random music news for Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Ten years ago today, we heard that Michael Jackson died. Yes, it’s been ten years already and many have conflicted feelings about the man. Very conflicted. Here’s what’s happening for June 25, 2019.

  1. Here’s another anniversary most people missed: Canada’s “first pop music festival” happened 50 years ago this summer.
  2. Canadian music sales and streams vs. this time last year: Total album sales, -24.3%; CDs, -30.0%; digital albums, -19.3%; vinyl, -4.4%; on-demand audio streams, +35.3% (1.474 billion streams in the country last week.)
  3. Woodstock 50: Not quite dead. Yet. And not quite homeless. Yet.
  4. And here is a major disconnect between festivals and festival-goers.
  5. Cardi B has been indicted for assault over an incident that happened in a strip club in Queens.
  6. No. Just no.
  7. A deaf musical? Yep.
  8. The Raconteurs really like The Beatles. See?
  9. Dave Grohl will be on the new Queens of the Stone Age album. What a surprise.
  10. Liam Gallagher is challenging the mayor of London to do something about knife crime.
  11. That US$18.5 million Woodstock 50 wants back from their ex-financial backer? Nope. A judge says the backer had every right to pull out that money.
  12. This is fun: How not to get fired as Beyonce’s assistant.
  13. The Economist took this deep look into the economics of the music industry.
  14. Some people aren’t happy with the way Apple is throwing its weight around with podcasts.
  15. Over the weekend, we heard that Kelly Jay Fordham of legendary Hamilton rockers Crowbar had died. Interesting fact: He was one of the movers seen on the cover of Rush’s Moving Pictures album. (Via Darren)
  16. How Batman saved Prince.
  17. We’re coming up on the 40th anniversary of the Sony Walkman.

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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