Random music news for Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Again, apologies for any erratic posting schedules this week, but I’ll do my best to keep things on track. Here’s what’s going on for September 17, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. where things were at this time last year: Total album sales, -24.0%; CD sales, -28.5%; digital albums, -21.5%; digital tracks, -27.7%; vinyl LPs, -0.9%; on-demand audio streams, -34.8% (1.516 billion streams, an increase of 2.6% over last week, which is a big jump.)
  2. An Australian rapper named Zheani Sparkes has filed a police report against Die Antwoord’s Ninja claiming that she was the victim of revenge porn.
  3. And about yesterday’s rumour about Prince Andrew showing up to see Courtney Love looking for sex, she says it never happened.
  4. What the music industry can learn from the whaling industry. Yes, like Moby Dick whaling.
  5. And why songwriters aren’t getting paid enough in today’s digital world. These are things that I’d never thought of it.
  6. The Cook Islands in the South Pacific keep minting up AC/DC coins. They’re insanely collectible. Get yours while you can.
  7. These headphones don’t need a headband. They look kinda weird, but…whatever.
  8. Smart speakers: Definitely coming to your car.
  9. How big is podcasting for NPR in the US? This big. Wow.
  10. Rapper Birdman is broke. Very, very broke.
  11. Are you an artist manager? Do you want to be one? Then take a look at this event.
  12. In this game, you learn how to be an Internet troll. For entertainment purposes only, obvious.
  13. Then there is this game: Is this the name of a moth or a British Goth band?
  14. A documentary on grunge-pop power-pop kings Redd Kross is coming soon. Here’s the trailer.
  15. The estate of Michael Jackson is not impressed with Leaving Neverland winning some Emmys.
  16. Apple Music has this playlist of 98 songs that were used in Apple commercials.

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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