Random music news for Wednesday, March 6, 2019

On this day in 1899–120 years ago–Bayer registered a trademark for a new painkiller called “Aspirin.” As for music news on March 6, 2019…

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. a year ago: Total albums, -21.3%; digital albums, -20%; physical albums, -22.1%; CDs, -26%; vinyl LPs, 8.7%; on-demand audio streams, 39.6% (1.345 billion streams)
  2. For reasons I cannot fathom, Corey Feldman is defending Michael Jackson.
  3. Rumour: The new iPhones will work underwater. Not just waterproof. They will work underwater.
  4. Rumour: The Woodstock 50 Festival is having financial problems. Still, we have some new announcements about who’s playing.
  5. No pop: It’s here.
  6. Here’s another reason you might want to steer your kid into being a DJ.
  7. New Zealand is the latest jurisdiction to clamp down on ticket scalping.
  8. Beware the fake Rihanna album that’s floating around out there.
  9. The Prodigy’s Keith Flint had put his mansion up for sale days before he took his own life.
  10. And here are some details about his final days.
  11. Another reason to go to yard sales, just in case.
  12. China’s music industry is booming. Can the labels handle it? Maybe not.
  13. I had no idea that Jack White was this much of a baseball fan. Nice one, Jack.
  14. One of the actors in the movie School of Rock has been arrested four times for stealing guitars.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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