Random music news for Tuesday, March 5, 2019

If you’re into computers and don’t know about the Sinclair ZX81 (which was launched on this day in 1981), look it up. Meanwhile, here’s what we have for music news on March 5, 2019.

  1. The Junos are coming up later this month in London, Ontario. Here’s the lineup for Junofest.
  2. Ever wonder how Spotify seems to know you so well? Read this.
  3. Just one week after launching in India, Spotify already has 1 million users. That sounds impressive until you realize that’s 0.07% of the country’s population.
  4. Next up: a foldable iPhone.
  5. The BBC has started some 5G trials.
  6. Here’s how Amazon Echo is shaping up for the car.
  7. Chinese television now has two virtual/robotic news anchors, one male, one female.
  8. Tip to all musicians: Don’t leave $500,000 in jewelry in the car when you stop at a restaurant.
  9. This is an interesting business idea: a place to store your unsold vinyl.
  10. All the Oscar talk around the Star is Born soundtrack pushed it to sales of 76,000 units in the US last week. Add in all the streaming activity and that was good for #1 on the album charts.
  11. Another installment of often-forgotten Canadian hard rock bands: Chrissy Steele.
  12. This could be the most literal guitar video of all time. (Via Danny)
  13. Smart speakers aren’t doing artists any favours. Here’s why.
  14. So now Mariah Carey is roped into Trump’s Russia dealings? Apparently so, abeit somewhat peripherally.
  15. Kayne West is contractually forbidden from retiring. Swell.
  16. The creator of the World Wide Web is not happy with what’s become of his baby.

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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