Random music news for Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Last full day of winter. Last full day of winter. Last full day of winter. Last full day of winter. Music news for March 19, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. a year ago: Total albums, -18.3%; digital albums, -19.3%; physical albums, -17.3%; CDs, -20.8%; digital tracks, -30.1%; vinyl LPs, 8.6%; on-demand audio streams, 38.8% (1.359 billion streams in Canada last week.)
  2. Radioplayer Canada turns two years old this month. Here’s an interview with the app’s managing director.
  3. Funny how video has yet to kill the radio star. See?
  4. The finances of Michael Jackson’s empire are apparently in “free fall.” The family is freaking out.
  5. I’m going to have to spend some time watching this new Jann Arden TV show. It looks good.
  6. A Grateful Dead fan was killed by a bulldozer during a police chase. Wait–what?
  7. The fight against Russian stream-rippers continues.
  8. The first 30 seconds of your song is more important tha ever. Here’s why.
  9. This is the latest installment of often-forgotten Canadian hard rock and metal bands. Remember Rockhead?
  10. Do NOT poke Diana Ross.
  11. Warner Music is planning a national-wide “record store crawl” in the US. Cool.
  12. Apple has an event this week. Here are more iPhone rumours.
  13. Speaking of Apple, here’s a great article on how Garageband has changed music.
  14. Bryan Adams was scheduled to perform in Christchurch, New Zealand on Sunday (March 17) but canceled the gig in light of Friday’s horrible massacres at two mosques. He tweeted he did so “in solidarity with the victims of the mass murder yesterday.”
  15. Behind the music of Game of Thrones.
  16. If you’re going to sue your bandmates, you’re probably not going to be in that band for much longer, are you?
  17. Podcasts are hot and getting hotter.
  18. Here’s a new music app that promised to get you more in tune with your favourite acts.
  19. Sam Smith would like everyone to know that he identifies as non-binary.
  20. Brexit songs. That is all.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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