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Published on March 12th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, March 12, 2019

It was on this day in 2003 that the World Health Organization warned of a new threat called SARS. Moving on to music news for March 12, 2019…

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs, this time last year: Total albums, -18.9%; digital albums, -19.8%; CDs, -21.5%; digital tracks, -30.2%, vinyl LPs, +8.5%; on-demand audio streams, +39.4% (1.367 billion streams last week.)
  2. Another interesting sales note: Less than 100,000 CDs were sold in all of Canada last week.
  3. Johnny Lydon is heartbroken over the death of Prodigy Man Keith Flint. (Via Michael)
  4. A sequel to Bohemian Rhapsody? It’s being discussed.
  5. Someone found a demo of David Bowie’s “Starman” which had been sitting in a loft for 50 years. It’s now going up for auction.
  6. This new app is designed to improve your safety as music festivals.
  7. Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green fashion line has brought in the consultants to see if the company can’t adapt to the world of online shopping.
  8. There are a lot of Soundgarden vinyl reissues coming.
  9. These are the top 10 radio stations to which people listen online.
  10. Check out this new audio advertising format.
  11. Well, this could mess up the world of streaming.
  12. If you’re going to post a music video, make sure it doesn’t show all the software you’ve pirated.
  13. The concert experience and virtual reality: here’s the latest. Hey, who wouldn’t want to see at least some concerts from the comfort of home?
  14. You knew this was coming: The world’s first genderless AI voice.
  15. The art of sequencing songs on albums is more important than ever. Here’s why.
  16. Here’s a new installment of “Often Forgotten Canadian Hard Rock and Metal Bands.” This week: Saints&Sinners.
  17. Interesting thing about the new Captain Marvel movie: It’s the highest-grossing movie with a musical score by a woman.
  18. K-pop has been hit with a big sex scandal.



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About the Author

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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