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Published on February 28th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I had a sinus headache this morning so I went to the medicine chest to get some relief. How the hell does Tylenol Sinus expect people to open their stupid blister packs at 2 in the morning when their heads are exploding? And now, the music news…

  1. Randy Lennox, the former president of Universal Music Canada, is now the head of all of Bell Media.
  2. Is this Lorde teasing her new song? Word is that it’s coming Friday.
  3. Apple is said to be working on “new features for podcasts.” What could that be?
  4. Speaking of podcasts, here’s a good story on how things are progressing on that front.
  5. If you use Waze to get around in traffic (I personally love it), there’s been a new development.
  6. Remember WinAmp? It’s still around.
  7. Canadian album sales are down 14% from this time last year. This includes a 29% drop in digital album sales. Vinyl is up 13% and streaming is ahead by 101%.
  8. Millions in unpaid YouTube royalties are waiting to be claimed here in Canada–but time is running out.
  9. Chad Smith of the Chili Peppers vs. Scott Baio: “Eat a bag of dicks!”
  10. U2 has been accused of ripping off this guy’s song.
  11. No one seems to want to buy Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s place in Manhattan.
  12. Remember Jackie Evancho, the young woman who sang at Donald Trump’s inauguration? President Trump probably isn’t going to like this.
  13. Interesting: Did a band called Jacula invent black metal in 1969?
  14. Which artists benefited sales-wise from appearing at the Brits? Let’s take a look.



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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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