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Published on March 20th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, March 20, 2018

First day of spring! Now if those dirty piles of snow in parking lots would just go away. Here’s what I found for music news for March 20, 2018.

  1. Canadian music sales vs. this time last year: Total albums, -28.3%; digital albums, -22.4%; physical albums, -31.8%; CDs, -25.8%; digital tracks, -20.2%; vinyl, +38.4%; streaming, +57.8%.
  2. Could voice control (think smart speakers) mean a rise in ad-supported music services?
  3. Google can’t find the Beatles. Here’s what I mean.
  4. There’s a petition to have this town renamed from Aylesbury to Alylesbowie because–well, you know.
  5. A Spanish rapper has been jailed for lyrics that glorify terrorism.
  6. How long should a band keep going without its key members? Discuss.
  7. Jay-Z has invested $3 million in an interesting start-up.
  8. Oh, Mozzer
  9. Our Kid needs to take better care of himself.
  10. Lorde’s US tour hasn’t done well, but
  11. This glamorous harpist has been expelled from the UK for allegedly being a spy.
  12. If I Leave Here Tomorrow is a new documentary on Lynyrd Skynyrd. Here’s a review.
  13. A Las Vegas residency for blink-182? Yep.
  14. Are barcodes on concert tickets soon to be a thing of the past? Maybe.
  15. Here’s an interview between a baby James Corden and Meat Loaf from 1995.



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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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