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Published on August 9th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Thursday, August 9, 2018

Inflation is so bad in Venezuela these days that $1 US will buy 925,000 gallons of premium gas. Wow. And now, some music news for August 9, 2018.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streams vs. this time last year: Total albums, -17.8%; digital albums, -21.4%; physical albums, -15.5%; CDs, -19.7%; vinyl, +52.7%; streams, +52.7% (1.356 billion streams last week).
  2. Why are so many songs this summer so sad? Given everything that’s happening, shouldn’t there be more angry songs?
  3. Mick Fleetwood had something to say about the departure of Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac.
  4. This is one of the strangest versions of “Bohemian Rhapsody” that you might ever hear.
  5. Paul McCartney’s Carpool Karaoke appearance is being turned into a prime-time special.
  6. Another music issue with Brexit: the live audio market.
  7. Here’s why you should listen to the radio at work.
  8. This article proposes some ideas for fixing radio’s problems.
  9. More radio: Edmonton has a new station called The Chuck.
  10. Want to learn K-pop fashion sense? Go here.
  11. There’s been another death at a summer music festival, this time in California.
  12. Apple Music has a new automated playlist feature based on what your friends are listening to.
  13. Don’t panic. This is satire.
  14. How do you test expensive speakers? Not like this.
  15. Will the CD ever be embraced by hipsters in the same way as vinyl and cassettes? Let’s take a look.
  16. Remember the Plain White T’s “Hey Delilah?” The song is being turned into a TV show.
  17. Should Elliot Smith be considered for a Nobel prize? Some people think so.
  18. You know what’s got Hollywood excited these days? Musical biopics.
  19. If you’re going to be a big-shot record producer, you should have a nice Hollywood home, right?
  20. Speaking of real estate, Lance Bass didn’t buy the Brady Bunch house after all.



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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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