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Published on November 14th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, November 14, 2017

It’s World Diabetes Day. You’re welcome. And now, the music news for November 14.

    1. Canadian music sales vs. where they were a year ago this week: Total albums, -16.3%: digital albums, -23%; physical albums, -11.5%; CDs, -13.2%; vinyl, +20.4%; streaming, +76..1%.
    2. Coming soon: A National Celebration, a live recording of the Tragically Hip’s final show in Kingston last summer. More details TBA.
    3. Gene Simmons said something stupid again. But that barely qualifies as news, does it?
    4. Never give Elton John a substandard piano or this could happen.
    5. Remember the scene in Wayne’s World where Mike Myers goes into a guitar shop to look at that rare guitar he called Excalibur? How much would that guitar sell on today’s vintage market? A lot, actually.
    6. Someone bought a Bob Dylan guitar for $400,000 USD.
    7. Is hip-hop keeping female singers off the charts? Let’s analyze that.
    8. Know someone who’s really into vinyl? You may want to look at this book called The Haynes Vinyl Manual.
    9. As of Monday, Taylor Swift’s Reputation has been sold 925,000 copies in the US…
    10. …and it sold 50,000 copies in Canada on its first day.
    11. For those wishing to brush up on their Dothraki, go here,
    12. Let’s muse on the fact that the Velvet Underground’s debut album still matters after 40 years.
    13. New trend: Dying artists who use their final albums as self-eulogies. We’ll see more of this.
    14. Confused about which Bluetooth headphones to buy? This might help.
    15. Here’s a look at five numbers that show how the music industry is changing these days.
    16. Coming soon: The first AI pop album. And you thought Auto-Tune was bad for music…



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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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