Random music news for Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Remember the Heaven’s Gate suicides? The bodies were discovered on this day in 1997. On a happier note. here’s some music news for March 26, 2019.

  1. Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. this time last year: Total album sales, -19.7%; CDs, -22.9%; digital albums, -19.6%; digital tracks, -29.8%; vinyl albums, +5.9%, on-demand audio streams, +38.5% (1.359 billion streams in Canada last week).
  2. Dubai to R Kelly: No.
  3. Justin Bieber is taking time off from music.
  4. By 2022, the amount of revenue coming from streaming will be worth more than the entire recorded music market was worth in 2018.
  5. Overwhelmed by media, entertainment and news choices (plus the attendant subscription costs)? You’re not alone.
  6. AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” has become something of an anthem for anti-Brexiters.
  7. It looks like Rocketman, the Elton John biopic, will be rated R.
  8. This explains most digital assistants default to female voices.
  9. Toronto’s Great Hall is up for sale. Let’s hope the new owners (whoever they may be) keep it as a music venue.
  10. For the first time ever, an NHL game feature play-by-play in Cree. (Via Tom)
  11. UB40 saxophonist Brian Travers has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
  12. Scary Spice says she once had sex with Ginger Spice. (Via Tom again)
  13. Is it just me or are most of America’s music festivals pretty dull this year? Apparently, I’m not alone.
  14. Is Dr. Dre part of this whole US college admissions scandal. Maybe.

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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