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Published on October 10th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Wednesday, October 10, 2018

I saw a spa offering a pumpkin spice massage. Have we taken this a little too far? Distract yourself with some music news for October 10, 2018.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. this time last year: Total album sales, -20.2%; digital albums, -19.7%; physical albums, -20.6%; digital tracks, -22.8%; vinyl, +31.8%; streams, +49.4% (1.433 billion streams in Canada last week).
  2. Donald Trump called Kanye West “smart.”
  3. Update on Ozzy’s infection, hospitalization, and surgery: it involves his hand and started with a couple of hangnails.
  4. If you’re a user of Google’s social network, Google Plus, look out. After a data breach, the network is being shut down.
  5. Meanwhile, Google has a ton of new hardware coming: phones, tablets, smart speakers, and headphones.
  6. The US Justice Department is going after emo rap because it says the genre glorifies opioid abuse.
  7. Kanye is going to make another trip to the White House to see Donald Trump.
  8. Why do dead rock stars get more popular as time goes by? Read this.
  9. Here are some interesting life hacks that music fans might find useful. I’m saving this.
  10. Justin Bieber is the first artist to have four songs cross the one billion streams mark on Spotify.
  11. Back in 1965, BBC talent spotters called David Bowie “dull.” (To be fair, he was kinda boring back then.)
  12. Did you spot the pop star cameos?
  13. Is your Amazon Echo/Google Home smart speaker talking to you unprompted? You’re not alone.
  14. Lady Gaga seems to be doing well. She toured a townhouse worth $30 million.
  15. No, this new Madonna product isn’t a sex toy. It’s a face massager.
  16. Alt-J has commissioned a new sound system for their live gigs that’s “totally immersive.”

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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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