Random music news for Tuesday, November 5, 2019

If it’s Tuesday, I should be somewhere in Thailand. Regardless of my present whereabouts, here’s music news for November 5, 2019.

  1. Canadian music sales and streaming stats this week vs. where they were one year ago: Total albums, -23.6%; CDs, -27.0%; digital albums, -23.1%; digital tracks, -28.0%; vinyl LPs, +0.8%; on-demand audio streams, +33.7% (1.54 billion streams in the country last week).
  2. One of Donald Trump’s former cronies got banned from YouTube because of his love for Imagine Dragons.
  3. Podcasts: A billion-dollar business by next year?
  4. A Canadian musician describes what it’s like to try to make a living in the digital age.
  5. TuneIn Radio is a great app for listening to tens of thousands of radio stations worldwide. However, there’s a now a problem.
  6. Coldplay is using their new album to promote tourism to the Middle East, specifically Jordan.
  7. What are your friends listening to online? Try a new AI-powered music discovery app called Swiing.
  8. Madness, the great English ska band, is celebrating their 40th anniversary by playing a series of gigs charging 1979 prices for tickets.
  9. Oh, Ed.
  10. The stress of playing live is “like jumping from a plane.” Discuss.
  11. A member of BTS is under police investigation after a traffic accident.

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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