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Published on June 5th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Mom’s birthday. Gotta call her. But not until I’m finished with music news for June 5, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. this time in 2018: Total album sales, -24%; CDs, -29.9%; digital albums, -18.6%; digital tracks, -28.3%; vinyl, -4.6%; on-demand audio streams, +38.5% (1.460 billion streams in the country last week.)
  2. Goldman Sachs says that by 2030, 1.15 billion people will be paying for a streaming music service.
  3. Wonder why a city like Toronto has trouble maintaining a major music festival? Read this.
  4. It looks like there was a near-tragedy at the Governors Ball festival in New York City.
  5. Metallica will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” before game 3 of the NBA finals set for tonight in Oakland.
  6. Then Burlington, Ontario’s, Walk Off the Earth will perform “O Canada” for game 4.
  7. This musician in Leamington, Ontario, is collecting empties to pay for his next album.
  8. George Michael’s ex-lovers are NOT having a good week.
  9. Liam Gallagher isn’t a fan of former British Prime Minister David Cameron for getting the country into the whole Brexit mess.
  10. The latest installment of Often Forgotten Canadian Rock Bands features Varga.
  11. YouTube says it’s banning live streaming by minors unless that person is accompanied by an adult.
  12. Over the weekend, Ty Dolla $ign dropped US$15,000 in singles at a New York City strip club.
  13. David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” is going to get the 50th-anniversary treatment.
  14. Lil Nas X rejected at least one seven-figure offer after “Old Town Road” exploded.
  15. This singer from Baltimore has been indicted for spending US$1.4 million on his company’s credit card for fund his music career.
  16. Rihanna is now officially the world’s richest female musician. Madonna cannot be happy about this.



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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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