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Published on October 23rd, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Is it October 23, 2018, already? Time to start thinking about when to switch to snow tires, I guess. And in music news…

  1. Canadian music sales and streams vs. this time last week: Total albums, -21%; digital albums, -19.7%; physical albums, -21.8%; CDs, -25.4%; vinyl albums, +29.1%; streaming, +48.8% (1.479 billion streams last week). And in case you’re wondering about cassettes, 6,300 have been sold all across Canada all year. That’s it.
  2. The Beastie Boys have a giant penis that’s been in storage for 30 years. You read that right.
  3. And this upcoming Beastie Boys book looks great.
  4. Ozzy’s staph infection: It could have been much uglier.
  5. What’s next beyond the Kiki Challenge? This.
  6. Smart speakers are really driving music consumption these days. This will be interesting.
  7. Need some tips on cooking with music? Try these.
  8. Now that we know that Rihanna and Pink spurned playing at the Super Bowl over the Colin Kaepernick controversy, there are calls for Maroon 5 to pull out.
  9. This radio station is headquartered in…a hair salon?
  10. Organizations like FACTOR help so many musicians in Canada. Read this and you’ll understand why so many American musicians are jealous.
  11. Even classical musicians are supported in cool ways in this country. See?
  12. Let’s analyze the pop music hits of the third quarter of 2018. What can we learn from this data?
  13. Looking for a new vehicle and want all the proper infotainment gadgets? Read this first.
  14. Want to deliver the eulogy at your own funeral? Roy Orbison hologram technology makes it possible.
  15. Here are some interesting predictions for the history of music and technology.
  16. I want to be inconvenienced this way!
  17. The Mooch’s interpretive dance about his time in the White House.
  18. Studying ice shelves by listening to their sounds.
  19. A mansion once owned by Kimye has been sold at a big loss.
  20. Looking for a new set of headphones? Take a look at these recommendations.



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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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