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Published on August 15th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, August 15, 2017

On this day in 1965, the Beatles played Shea Stadium in New York. This was pretty much the birth of era of rock shows in stadiums. No one had ever headlined a gig like this before. And now, the music news for August 15.

  1. It looks like U2 will release their next album, Songs of Experience, on December 1. That’s also World AIDS Day, an event close to U2’s heart.
  2. The estate of legendary Canadian pianist Glenn Gould has signed a deal to promote his legacy via Primary Wave, the same company that handles Kurt Cobain.
  3. More reflections on the usefulness of Apple’s “Late Night” EQ setting on the iPhone. (Via Blind Gordie)
  4. David Lynch has dedicated an episode of the new Twin Peaks to David Bowie.
  5. Here’s a modern reference to the original meaning of the term “joy division.”
  6. Podcasters in Alberta have banded together to create their own network to cut through the clutter so they can make money. Good. Power in numbers, you know?
  7. The top 10 MuchMusic DJs of all time: agree or disagree?
  8. Got $62 million? Then you can buy this house in the Hamptons where Mick Jagger once partied.
  9. Here are this week’s Canadian music sales and streaming numbers vs. a year ago: Total albums, -16.8%; physical albums, -11,7%; 23.5%; CDs, -17.5%; digital albums, -23.5%; vinyl, +4%; streams, +67.3%.
  10. It’s another dismal week for physical album sales in the US. Brett Eldredge’s self-titled album debuted at #1 by selling just over 36,000 copies. You could make the US Top 200 by selling just 851 units last week.
  11. Do you use Tunein Radio? The company is now worth $500 million.
  12. Sneaky, sneaky Facebook. They found a way into China.
  13. Music generated by artificial intelligence is making big, big strides. Take a look at this development.
  14. Even Abbey Road Studios is getting into the interface between AI and music.
  15. A good article on the continuing relevance of radio. Good. I still have a mortgage.
  16. Speaking of radio, this is a fun examination of a strange “numbers station” called the Lincolnshire Poacher.
  17. Still with the UK, Big Ben’s bongs will fall silent for four years so repairs can be made.



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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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