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Published on October 30th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Music news for All Hallow’s Eve Eve: October 30, 2018.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streams vs. this point last year: Total albums, -21.2%; digital albums, -19.6%; physical albums, -22.1%; CDs, -25.8%; vinyl albums, +28.1%; streams, +48.5% (1.516 billion streams last week).
  2. The biggest trend in consumer audio? Still smart speakers.
  3. And this new smart speaker from Huawei that looks awfully familiar.
  4. Spotify stock is really suffering. Why?
  5. Remember those AC/DC coins issued by The Royal Australian Mint? They’re now selling for big dollars on eBay.
  6. If you’re into High-Res Audio (and you should think about it), check out this cool new device.
  7. Is DAB radio in Norway being threatened by the US Navy? Maybe. (The story is Norwegian, but that’s what Google Translate is for.)
  8. A member of the metal band Manowar has been arrested on child porn charges.
  9. The concert industry will be worth at least $31 billion USD by 2022. Of that, $24 billion will be ticket sales.
  10. The new palm tree sign for the refurbished El Mocambo in Toronto will be hung and lit November 15.
  11. Samsung’s folding phone is almost here.
  12. Donald Trump is not going to like this new song from Tim Heidecker called “Ballad of Incel Man.”
  13. Now it’s Bon Jovi vs. Kim Kardashian.
  14. Is the next iPhone going to have a third camera? (Via Steve)
  15. A street in New York has been named after Steely Dan founder, Walter Becker. (Via Steve again)
  16. A new BBC app hopes to attract more young listeners. (One more from Steve)
  17. Is Pearl Jam’s Vs album really 25 years old now? Wow. (Via Moe)



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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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