Random music news for Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Look at it this way: Winter is now one-third over. Here’s music news for January 22, 2020.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. where things were at this point in 2019: Total album sales, -30.4%; CDs, -29.2%; digital albums, -36.7%; digital tracks, -31.3%; vinyl LPs, -7.5%; on-demand audio streams, +17% (1.549 billion streams in the country last week.)
  2. This scandal at the top of the Grammys just keeps getting weirder. And it’s not gonna blow over anytime soon. Here come more lawyers–and Chuck D.
  3. “Old musicians never die. They just become holograms.” Discuss.
  4. Neil Peart’s family is okay with a placing a monument to him at Lakeside Park in St. Catharines.
  5. Here’s an interesting spin on what Spotify would like to do with playlists.
  6. Ray Burton, the father of the late Cliff Burton of Metallica, has himself died at the age of 95.
  7. Got room for 3 million records?
  8. Meanwhile, this guy is spending a BILLION dollars to own every single pop song.
  9. Still using Chrome? Microsoft would like your attention.
  10. If you’re on your way to Florida and you need a place to stay, you might want to consider this place.
  11. A surviving member of Nirvana and the surviving members of The Doors are set to perform together tomorrow night.
  12. Evolutionary biology as applied to pop culture.
  13. Ted Templeman, the producer behind Van Halen’s sound, has a new book coming out called Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music. Sounds like a good read.
  14. Joey Kramer, the drummer for Aerosmith, has launched a lawsuit against…Aerosmith?
  15. There’s a dangerous intersection in Bowmanville, Ontario. A punk band wrote a song to get someone to fix the situation.
  16. “Hey! I was told I was being paid a hundred bucks to be in a music video! What’s this shit?
  17. This 83-year-old dementia patient beat Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, and Ariana Grande to the top of this pop chart.
  18. Caught up in all the copyright infringement lawsuits over songs these days? Me, too. Read this.

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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