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Published on August 22nd, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How are your eyes? You didn’t burn them out by staring into the face of the sun yesterday, did you? Good. That means you can read the music news for August 22. Meanwhile, good luck finding someone to buy those eclipse glasses. Then again, you could hang onto them for April 8, 2024

  1. Happy 80th birthday, FM radio!
  2. And who says Millennials don’t listen to the radio? Check out these stats.
  3. Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” got a 500% sales boost thanks to–you guessed it–the eclipse.
  4. Oh, Sinead
  5. Canadian album sales for the week vs. this time last year: Total albums, -16.6%; digital albums, -23.5%; physical albums, -11.5 %; CDs, -12.4%; vinyl, +5.5%; cassettes, -29.5%; streaming +82.4%.
  6. Here’s another article hyping the cassette revolution THAT’S NOT HAPPENING! (See above.) Do these writers ever look at the sales numbers? (Again, see above.)
  7. Would you buy a $300 (USD) Beyonce coffee table book?
  8. Smart speakers: They should be a thing for radio. Seriously.
  9. Here’s an interesting article on how booty music helped shaped American culture.
  10. The Hoff a judge on American Idol? Could be.
  11. It’s August. Time to start talking about Christmas albums.
  12. Father John Misty has written a song in tribute to Chuck E. Cheese.
  13. Fun: Some of the weirdest complaints sent to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.
  14. A Canadian music lover and vinyl collector named Ben Portis died recently in a traffic accident. What will become his music collection? This.
  15. A 322 kilometre stretch of a desolate road in northern Manitoba has been named after Tom Cochrane. He was born at the northern terminus of the Provincial Road 391 in Lynn Lake.  Its official name shall forevermore be “Tom Cochrane’s Life is a Highway.”




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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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