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Published on August 3rd, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Thursday, August 3, 2017

As of today, my parents have been married for 60 years. Give them a Diamond Award! And now, the music news for August 3.

  1. Looking at Canada music sales and streams from the past week (all numbers vs. this time last year): Total albums, -17.6%; digital albums, -23.6%; physical albums, -13%; CDs, -13.6%; vinyl, -1%; audio streams, +84%.
  2. Here’s a concert venue that will be of interest to Lord of the Rings fans.
  3. Notice how there are more movies about guys with good playlists?
  4. An interesting question: What should TV music look like in the future?
  5. This is cool: A site that helps you discover non-English-speaking rap acts from around the world.
  6. Does Beyonce want to become an owner of a pro sports team? That’s the rumour.
  7. Donald Trump and Gibson Guitars go together perfectly, apparently.
  8. Liam Gallagher really, really, really hates U2.
  9. Game of Thrones Carpool Karaoke. It happened.
  10. Drake just made a video at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto. (Via Larry)
  11. Is Drake’s dad the most interesting man in whiskey?
  12. Dave Grohl got Paul McCartney to play drums on the new Foo Fighters album. Shades of the Sound City collaboration.
  13. Rap legend Kidd Creole has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a homeless band to death.
  14. Here a review of the Morrissey biopic called England is Mine.
  15. Suge Knight has been indicted for making death threats against the director of the Straight Outta Compton movie.
  16. If you follow K-pop, this is a very big deal.



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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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