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Published on November 6th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, November 6, 2018

On this day in 1947, Meet the Press debuted on TV. It’s still on, making it the longest-running TV show in history. As for music news on November 6, 2018…

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. this time last year: Total albums, -21.3%; digital albums, -19.6%; CDs, -26%; vinyl albums, +26.9%; streams, +43.3% (1.517 billion streams in Canada last week).
  2. Another one: Rihanna doesn’t want Donald Trump to use her music at his rallies.
  3. This is one of the coolest rickrolls you will ever see. (Via Tom)
  4. Here are some words that don’t often go together: “Russian anti-piracy watchdog.”
  5. T.I. + cryptocurrency = Unhappy investors.
  6. This is good news: Elvis Costello seems to be on the mend.
  7. Now that you mention it, despite all the political turmoil, 1968 was an uneven year when it came to music.
  8. Why are so many people slow in getting into podcasts? Let’s investigate.
  9. On the other hand, nearly 10% of podcasts are now on Apple Watch. Not bad, considering it used to be a bitch to transfer a podcast to one of these things.
  10. It looks like Spotify is finally testing out an app for Apple Watch, too.
  11. Spotify plans to buy back up to $1 billion of its stock.
  12. Interesting: Global smartphone shipments are down 6% in the last quarter.
  13. Oh, Diddy
  14. These solo pianists are making up to $10K a month on streaming music services.
  15. The Spice Girls reunion is going ahead without Victoria Beckham.
  16. Desperate to look smart in your next meeting? Try the Douchebag Strategist.
  17. Stupid, stupid, stupid high school marching band
  18. If you remember the 90s, you might remember being stressed out by things such as this.
  19. Someone needs to make a listicle for this: Why are there so many songs about masturbation?



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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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