Random music news for Tuesday, November 19, 2019

It was 50 years ago today that Apollo 12 landed on the moon. Then we have music news for November 19, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. where they were at this time last year: Total album sales, -23.6%; CD sales, -26.8%; digital albums, -23.5%; digital tracks, -28.2%; vinyl LPs, +1.1%; on-demand audio streams, +33.2% (1.514 billion streams in the country last week.)
  2. It looks like child abuse lawsuits will once again be directed toward Michael Jackson-related companies in California.
  3. Kanye’s next big passion project? Prison reform.
  4. Michael Buble has a wax figure at Madame Tissaud’s.
  5. Spotify has a new feature for roadtrips called “Soundtrack Your Ride“…
  6. …and watch for Spotify to start recommending podcasts based on the programs you’ve already heard.
  7. Records on Wheels, an indie record store in Dundas, Ontario, is celebrating 40 years in business. Yay!
  8. It looks like Paul McCartney will be the headliner for Glastonbury next year.
  9. Another streaming music service is one the way, this time from TikTok.
  10. Meanwhile, Amazon has announced an ad-supported free streaming service.
  11. A 17-year-old girl who disappeared from Liam Gallagher gig has been found. Our Kid helped find here.
  12. No surprise here: Rage Against the Machine streams went up 48% when their reunion was announced.
  13. Lil John learned the hard way that you should declare your jewelry when going through customs–especially in Vietnam.
  14. Gene Simmons (and presumably KISS) have a new worldwide merch agreement.
  15. A woman from Southern California who was shot in the Las Vegas concert massacre has died from her injuries more than two years later.

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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