Random music news for Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Still in LA. I remain unconsumed by wildfires. A good thing, that, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to report on music news for October 29, 2019.This list need to be expanded:

  1. Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. where things were at this point last year: Total album, -23.5%; CDs, -26.9%; digital albums, -22.9%; digital tracks, -28.0%; vinyl, 0.0%; on-demand audio streams, +33.9% (1.543 billion streams last week.)
  2. 10 popular TV show theme songs written by bands you know. That list is in need of a major update. So many other theme songs…
  3. After all those years living in the US, Neil Young is set to become an American citizen.
  4. New study: Consumers spend 4.5 hours a day on digital entertainment.
  5. Music still has a real discovery problem. Here’s what I mean by that.
  6. How do you leave an instrument this valuable on a train?
  7. This isn’t perfect, but it’s a start when it comes to proper metadata with digital song files: The Behind the Record campaign.
  8. Emergency alerts are soon coming to Spotify, Apple Music, and Netflix.
  9. Oh, Morrissey. You’re doing this now?
  10. Here’s an update on Ozzy’s health.
  11. Coheed and Cambria have canceled their tour because their drummer needs heart surgery.
  12. Walls of Jericho drummer Dustin Schoenhofer has been arrested with 630 pounds of weed.
  13. Dave Mustaine of Megadeth has completed his cancer therapy. Things look good.
  14. Another Taylor Swift stalker is off the street.
  15. Flea has a memoir coming out…
  16. …and there’s a new Red Hot Chili Peppers documentary on the way.

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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