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Published on May 14th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Today is Mark Zuckerberg’s birthday. Imagine the number of messages he’ll get today. On to music news for May 14, 2019.

  1. Canadian music sales and streaming stats from last week vs. this time last year: Total albums, -21.8%; CDs, -27.2%; digital albums, -18%; vinyl, +1.1%; on-demand audio streams, +36.8% (1.421 billion streams last week).
  2. That’s it for Fox’s Empire–no thanks to Jussie Smollett, of course. Canceled.
  3. And the lawsuits over the fate of Woodstock 50 have begun.
  4. Billie Joe Armstrong has released a bunch of rare Green Day video from the past. Very cool.
  5. The owner of the Washington Capitals is pushing Fugazi to reform.
  6. Here’s another music term you may run across: playlist malfeasance. It’s a problem.
  7. How big is BTS? Fans waited outside for days to see a free concert at New York’s Central Park.
  8. An original iPod is selling on eBay for $20K.
  9. This drum kit is made out of cardboard. Yes, cardboard.
  10. Google is getting deeper into podcasts, but the way they’re doing it will annoy some people.
  11. Is Rolling Stone magazine in financial trouble? There’s speculation out there.
  12. Well, this is an unexpected side effect of Spotify technology.
  13. It was Britney Spears’ father who had her committed to rehab against her will.
  14. Maybe it’ll be up to music to bring North and South Korea.
  15. When a punk musician makes it big, is it still punk?
  16. This is the story of the first-ever album made entirely in Pro Tools.



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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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