Random music news for Tuesday, May 21, 2019

One summer long weekend down. But there’s still three more to go. Meanwhile, let’s get back to work with some music news for May 21, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. this time last year: Total album sales, -22.4%; physical albums, -18.1%; digital albums, -25%; CDs, -27.9%; digital tracks, -28.7%; vinyl, -0.2%; on-demand audio streams, +36.2% (1.422 billion streams last week).
  2. After all this drama, would you buy a ticket to Woodstock 50? C’mon. Really.
  3. Sony has awoken to the possibilities and potential of podcasting. It wants in.
  4. There’s a big lawsuit over “Over the Rainbow.” Yes, the song from The Wizard of Oz.
  5. This neural network remixed a song by Massive Attack. The machines are coming.
  6. This app allows you to create music just by waving your hands.
  7. The Whitney Houston hologram. C’mon, you knew it was coming. And it is.
  8. Fun: A history of sibling acts in pop music.
  9. Which artist has made the most from streaming so far this year? Hint: It’s not Drake.
  10. Tom DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy is pushing for the US Navy to make their findings on Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon public.
  11. A Scottish music festival has banned cellphones.
  12. Here’s me talking about the Roxodus music festival again.

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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