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Published on November 17th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Friday, November 17, 2017

There’s a bougainvillea that my wife has in a pot in the backyard and it’s STILL alive. That’s one tough tropical plant. And now, the music news for November 17.

  1. I did a presentation on Toronto music history earlier this week at the Great Hall. Here’s a review of the evening from Spill Magazine.
  2. Streaming is gaining in popularity but this survey says that radio is still very strong.
  3. Science says this four-note chord can make any song sound happy.
  4. Still confused about the music industry and blockchain? Read this article from Canadian Musician.
  5. Speaking of which, Canadian Musician magazine is offering a free webinar on DIY touring next Thursday at 7 pm. Details here.
  6. Into the history of Canadian punk? Check out this doc on DOA.
  7. Could Chris Cornell end up in the running for an Oscar? Maybe.
  8. Universal Music is going to have more than $2 billion USD in streaming revenues this year.
  9. The Black Friday edition of Record Store Day is but a week away. Here’s the list of releases again.
  10. Apple seems to really believe that iPads will replace laptops. That’s what it looks like in this commercial.
  11. Survey says: Smart speaker owners are using them a lot for listening to music.
  12. Gene Simmons has been banned from Fox News for lewd behaviour.
  13. Katy Perry has been banned from China over the way she dressed as a sunflower. Wait–what?
  14. Coolio wants to run for the position of Vice-President of the US with a porn star as his running mate. (Dude: Check the US electoral system first. I think you’ve got it a bit wrong.)
  15. Want to know where it really sucks to be a musician? Venezuela.

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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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