Random music news for Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Trains, planes, and automobiles day for ‘Murica. Which reminds me: I have to watch that movie again. To music news for November 27, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. where they were at this time last year: Total album sales, -23.2%; CD sales, -25.7%; digital albums, -23.9%; digital tracks, -28.3%; vinyl LPs, +1.3%; on-demand audio streams, +33.1% (1.547 billion streams in the country last week).
  2. On the topic of streams, the US has generated 1 TRILLION on-demand music streams so far this year.
  3. Meanwhile, Spotify has been hit with another big lawsuit over unpaid royalties.
  4. Fall Out Boy is set to appear on The Price is Right next month. You read that correctly.
  5. Damn. I would have liked to have seen that boxing match between Liam Gallagher and Robbie Williams. But it’s been called off.
  6. If you’re a Star Wars fan, Ed Sheeran has a cameo as a stormtrooper in The Rise of Skywalker.
  7. Prince’s 1999 is being reissued as a six-disc box set.
  8. Drake’s Take Care album has now been on the Billboard charts for 350 weeks.
  9. A rare Apple Mac prototype is going up for sale.
  10. Apple’s AirPods account for about 50% of the sales of all wireless earbuds.
  11. The guy who created the Web has a plan to save the Internet from itself.
  12. Pete Townshend says he doesn’t miss his old bandmates Keith Moon and John Entwhistle because they were just too hard to work with.
  13. Another market conquered by Beyonce and Mariah Carey: Airbnb.
  14. About 75% of young people in the UK have never heard of Mozart.
  15. Slipknot once opened for a jazz band? Apparently.

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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