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Published on September 25th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Back in the home office for a few days, long enough for the dogs to recognize me again. Here’s what’s going on with music news for September 25, 2018. And there’s LOTS to talk about.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streams vs. this time last year: Total albums, -19.3%; digital albums, -19.8%; physical albums, -19.0%; CDs, -22.8%; digital tracks, -22.7%; vinyl, +34.8%; streaming, +50.1% (1.461 billion streams last week.)
  2. Apple has completed its $400 million acquisition of Shazam. That means no more ads on the app.
  3. This doesn’t mean too much to Canadians given that Pandora hasn’t been available in Canada for years, but SiriusXM has just bought the company for $3.5 billion. This could shake things up a bit, especially when it comes to competing with streaming services.
  4. Strange that Toyota picked exactly this time to drop Pandora from its dashboards.
  5. Meanwhile, French streamer Deezer is rolling out a “mood detection” function that could make choosing music and creating playlists easier…
  6. …and Spotify is testing new “personalized” playlists.
  7. Okay, I get it. Here’s what Led Zeppelin’s proposed new streaming service would offer.
  8. No, radio is not dead. It’s still very much alive. See?
  9. And on the topic of radio, there’s this. Radio people should watch it.
  10. Dave Grohl’s new job: BBQ pitmaster.
  11. What’s this talk of a podcasting slump?
  12. Podcasting seems to be going full steam ahead at Corus Radio, my biggest client.
  13. Carrie Underwood’s new album, Cry Pretty, sold over 250,000 physical copies in the US in its first week. That’s a pretty solid number in this day and age. But then again, country fans still prefer CDs to streaming.
  14. Jeremy Dutcher’s Polaris Award-winning album had a nice sales and streaming boost. Some nice press coverage, too.
  15. And here comes the 50th-anniversary edition of The Beatles’ white album.
  16. And that’s it for Paul Simon’s touring career.
  17. A sprayable antenna? This could be a breakthrough for future smartphones.
  18. Another big festival bites the dust.
  19. There’s a new Joe Strummer compilation coming this Friday called Joe Strummer 001.
  20. A French Muslim rapper has been pressured to bail on a performance at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris.
  21. Cool: A Beastie Boys book tour. (Via Gilles)
  22. Finally, here’s still more fallout from the recent Ticketmaster expose by the CBC and the Toronto Star.



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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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