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Published on March 28th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The first incidence of sabotage aboard a commercial airliner happened on this day in 1933 when a passenger deliberately started a fire. And now, the music news of the day.

  1. Canadian album sales are down 12% from this point last year, led lower by a 23% drop in the sales of digital albums. Meanwhile, CD sales are down just 4%. Vinyl? Up just 4.4%. Compare that to double-digit growth in past months. And cassettes? Only 700 have been sold across the country ALL YEAR!.
  2. On-demand music streams continue to grow. They’re up 96.7% from a year ago.
  3. Is classic rock radio in trouble of dying out? Maybe, maybe not.
  4. Then again, Chuck Berry has an album on the Billboard Top 200 chart in more than 40 years.
  5. Depeche Mode now has a quarter-century run of Top 10 albums.
  6. Stompin’ Tom Connors lives! Well, at least his music does–and in Northern Ontario.
  7. Interesting: What do other countries know about public broadcasting that the US doesn’t seem to get?
  8. These eight musicians waited forever before quitting their day jobs and getting into music full time.
  9. Interesting: Facebook is hiring a lot of people for music-related jobs.
  10. Also interesting: Spotify bought a startup that specializes in TV recommendations.
  11. There’s a lawsuit involving Bob Marley’s family and the company making Bob’s biopic.
  12. Dave Davies of The Kinks should get together with Tom DeLonge and Shaun Ryder to compare UFO experiences.
  13. A bill to ban ticket-buying bots has reached the House of Lords in the UK.
  14. HMV is now offering discounts up to 70% on their march to closing forever.
  15. A bunch of people in New Zealand were lured to a fake Lorde show. She wasn’t even in the country.



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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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