Random music news for Tuesday, October 15, 2019

No more turkey. Please. Let’s just do music news for October 15, 2019, and then go for another nap.

  1. Canadian music sales and streams vs. where things were this time last year: Total album sales, -23.5%; CD sales, -27.3%; digital albums, -22.3%; digital tracks, -27.8%; vinyl +0.2%; on-demand audio streams, +34.1% (1.54 billion streams in the country last week.)
  2. Convicted pedophile Gary Glitter will NOT receive music royalties from the Joker movie.
  3. This dead guy pranked his family from beyond the grave with a special audio recording. Good one, dude.
  4. Australia will host a major U2 conference to coincide with the band’s tour through Down Under next month.
  5. In his new memoir, Elton John says that he believed Michael Jackson was “mentally ill.”
  6. Sulli, a South Korean pop star, was found dead in her home.
  7. Apple Music has started transcribing lyrics in-house.
  8. Who thought this was a good idea?
  9. Prince as God Jesus.
  10. This pro violinist plays for rescue dogs recovering from abuse and…wow.
  11. What will a music company look like in 2025? Maybe like this.
  12. Sigur Ros has had their tax evasion case dismissed.
  13. No.
  14. This is a different sort of band t-shirt.
  15. The Central Bank of Ireland is going to issue a commemorative Phil Lynott €15 coin.
  16. Russian rappers vs. Vladimir Putin.

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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