Random music news for Tuesday, March 10, 2020

You know that things are weird when my visit to Costoco revealed that my local store totally out of antiseptic gels and wipes. Try to distract yourself with a look at music news for March 10, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: The Collision Conference, a big Toronto tech event, has been canceled.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: France has banned public gatherings of more than 1,000 people. That will obvious affect the concert industry.
  3. Conornavirus update 3: Glastonbury is still a go.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Pearl Jam has just announced two new festival dates.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: However, Madonna canceled Paris shows because of coronavirus concerns.
  6. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats versus this time last year: Total album sales, -29.9%; CD sales, -32.6%; digital albums, -30.2%; digital tracks, -29.5%; vinyl, -12.6%; on-demand audio streams, +20.2% (1.658 billion streams in the country last week, a new record.)
  7. A great Canadian music mystery: Whatever happened to this cache of bootleg recordings made in Vancouver?
  8. What’s the real reason Phil Collins has decided to go back on the road with Genesis? This article asks some interesting questions.
  9. Some cool photos from inside the new and improved El Mocambo.
  10. I had no idea that our Governor-General is nominated for Juno Award.
  11. The evolving relationship between radio and the automotive industry: This is crucial.
  12. Cool audio gear, dude!
  13. Canadian country start Brett Kissel nearly had his Nashville condo building wiped out by the tornadoes last week. (I’ve been to his place; I was worried about Charlie, his adorable dachshund.)
  14. Millennials: discuss.
  15. The son of Liam Gallagher and Ringo Starr’s grandson are off the hook for this.
  16. Dolly Parton is 75. She wants to be on the cover of Playboy.
  17. Maybe we can finally put this whole “Stairway to Heaven” copyright case to rest. It was bullshit from the beginning.

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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