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Published on August 29th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Apparently planet Nibiru is coming to destroy the earth in four weeks. Time to go shopping. Might as well leave a balance on Visa, right? And now, the music news for August 20.

  1. Here are your Canadian music sales numbers this week vs. where things were at this point last year:  Total albums, -17%; digital albums, -24%; CDs, -12%; vinyl, +7.5%; streaming, +82%.
  2. Ongoing History podcasts have now surpassed 400,000 downloads. Thanks for the support!
  3. ZZ Top has released a statement about the disaster befalling their hometown of Houston.
  4. Meanwhile, celebrities and companies are pitching in for relief efforts.
  5. Josh Homme has signed up to read children’s stories on a TV show for kids.
  6. A Bluetooth hula hoop?
  7. Chad Allan, a founding member of the Guess Who, has suffered a “serious stroke.”
  8. In case you haven’t heard the news, Bruce Springsteen has agreed to perform at the closing ceremonies of The Invictus Games in Toronto next month.
  9. Is Apple’s Beats 1 really the “biggest radio station on the planet?” Uh, no.
  10. Are you looking to get a job in the radio business? Here are some handy hints.
  11. And yes, radio is just fine, even with young listeners. Except maybe AM radio. That’s done.
  12. Why “Wonderwall” by Oasis will never go away.
  13. Deaf music fans are finally getting some attention.
  14. Blue whales are starting to sing lower for some reason.
  15. This 19-year-old is helping to eradicate homophobia from music festivals.
  16. Half of all US households are listening to podcasts and Millennials love them.
  17. Anyone who listened to me on the radio back in the 90s knows this! It’s not like it was a secret or something. Why is this suddenly such a big deal?
  18. The undercover raver.



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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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