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Published on July 31st, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Last day of July already and the back-to-school ads are in full effect. Fantastic. Here’s music news for July 31, 2018.

  1. Canadian music sales and streams vs. this time last year: Total albums, -17.3%; digital albums, -21.5%; physical albums, -14.5%; CDs, -18.9%; vinyl, -56.2%; streaming, +52.9% with 1.355 billion streams.
  2. It was possible to reach the #1 position on the Canadian SoundScan charts by selling just 2,300 copies. This week’s honour goes to the new Mamma Mia soundtrack.
  3. It was another rough week for physical CD sales in the US. The soundtrack of the new Mamma Mia film is #1 on SoundScan, selling just 33,870 copies. It was possible to make the Top 10 with less than 6,000 copies and the Top 200 by selling only 637 units.
  4. Vivendi is planning to sell up to half the Universal Music Group.
  5. Why sell now? It’s a good time. Universal is now generating $50 million a month in streaming revenues.
  6. Meanwhile, Troy Carter announced that he’ll be stepping down from his role as Global Head of Creator Services for Spotify in September.
  7. Is Russell Simmons thinking of moving to Bali to escape the law?
  8. The House of Lords in the UK is concerned about how music tours will be adversely affected by Brexit.
  9. Tired of your modern computer keyboard? Try this retro puppy.
  10. Use Chrome? Concerned about who might be snooping on your browsing? Take a look at this extension.
  11. There was a big podcasting conference in Philadelphia. The reviews are good.
  12. Confused about “analogue” vs. “digital” masters when it comes to vinyl? Read this. (Via Ronald)
  13. There was an attempt to break the record for the greatest number of Beatles impersonators in one place.
  14. Remember the Dave Matthews Band “poop bus” incident? No? Read this.
  15. Alex Jones’ InfoWars is now on Spotify. Cue the backlash.



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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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