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Published on February 7th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, February 7, 2017

On this day in 1997, Steve Jobs’ NeXT Computers merges with Apple. That worked out okay, didn’t it? Here’s the music news.

  1. The Lady Gaga halftime performance generated 51 million tweets
  2. …and here’s why performers don’t care that they’re not paid a performance fee for the show. Her music sales are up 1,000% since Sunday evening.
  3. Looking at last week’s Canadian album sales, digital albums are down by 33% from this point last year. All album sales–which includes CDs and vinyl–are down 19%. Meanwhile, audio streams are up 92%.
  4. Why is sexual assault in a crowd at a music festival not treated the same way people help crowd surfers in trouble?
  5. A guide to Grammy parties–not that we’ll be invited to any of them…
  6. This Canadian producer is up for a Grammy for remixing Paul McCartney.
  7. Interesting that Kanye has deleted all his pro-Trump tweets. A change of heart, perhaps?
  8. And it appears that Drake isn’t much of a Trump fan, either.
  9. These Peruvian nuns rock. I mean actually rock.
  10. Influential music producer David Axelrod has died.
  11. This is interesting: Soundrop has shifted to being a music distribution platform. If you’re an artist, you should check this out.
  12. Are you a musician looking for an equipment endorsement deal? Then read this.
  13. Just in case you’ve never heard the story about how Toronto helped break up the Beatles…
  14. Looking back on all the trouble the Sex Pistols beginning 40 years ago this week with the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
  15. A new form of gene therapy which restores hearing in deaf mice could be ready for humans in three years.

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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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