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Published on July 11th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, July 11, 2017

To Kill a Mockingbird was first published on this date in 1960. And with that, here’s the music news for July 11.

  1. Could the iPhone 8 top $1,400? Eek.
  2. Now that Apple is going to give podcasters user data, will this help or hurt? Stay with me on this.
  3. Who’s really behind Spotify’s fake artists?
  4. Looking at Canadian albums sales from the past week (all numbers compared to this point last year): Total albums, -18%; digital albums, -24%; physical albums, -14%,; CDs, -14%; vinyl, -8%. Meanwhile, Canadian streaming is ahead by 86%.
  5. It was a dismal week for album sales in the US. Stone Sour’s Hydrograd debuted at #1 selling just 30,000 copies. Total sales in the Top 200 was just 680,000 units.
  6. There is a problem with Prince’s legacy. A big one.
  7. David Bowie’s Blackstar album has won another award.
  8. Migraines? You might soon be sticking these things in your ears.
  9. Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy was on hand in Kitchener-Waterloo for something that will really benefit the community. (Via Larry)
  10. This radio station remote broadcast originated from under water.
  11. After more than 40 years, Teenage Head has landed on a major label. Warner Music Canada will release a double best-of  later this year.
  12. Stream ripping–the process of turning the audio from a YouTube video or music stream into an MP3–has gone up 141% in the UK over the past two years.
  13. A drummer who is looking for something a little more compact and wife-friendly than my current Neil Peart-sized kit, I really like the new Simmons SD2000.
  14. Radio is not dead. Here’s why.
  15. Authorities stopped a threat to an Ariana Grande show in Costa Rica.
  16. Gwen Stefani is being sued for allegedly causing a stampede at a concert.



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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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