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Published on July 10th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I think I speak for all of us with gross feet: men in opened-toed sandals anywhere but at the beach is a bad idea. And now, music news for July 10, 2018

  1. Canadian music sales and streams last week vs. this time last year: Total albums, -16,9%; digital albums, -24.2%; physical albums, -11.9%; CDs, -16.5%; digital tracks, -21.9%; vinyl, +66%; streaming, +61.4% (1.195 billion streams)
  2. This new deal with Universal shows that the Rolling Stones don’t plan to go anywhere for a while.
  3. Meanwhile, the rest of the music industry appears pretty bullish about how things are going these days. Here’s more proof.
  4. Take this quiz on the health benefits of music. (Via Jack)
  5. A fan of Blur? Here’s a look inside guitarist Graham Coxon’s studio.
  6. Fun: A map of pirate radio stations in Brooklyn.
  7. Okay, this is dumb: Blockchain meets Fifty Shades of Grey.
  8. It was 20 years ago that the Barenaked Ladies started the second act of their career with the release of “One Week.”
  9. A contact inside CERN (as in the Large Hadron Collider) says that Jack White was there to celebrate his birthday.
  10. There are now 436 million paying subscribers across five of the largest distributors of digital music and video content globally (Spotify, Apple Music, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Tencent).
  11. Can a mega-gig ever be properly successful? Read this.
  12. More K-pop. If you care.



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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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