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Published on October 31st, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tonight is when disguised extortionists come to your house demanding sugar with the full support of their caregivers. I hate Halloween. I’ll be laying on the floor with the lights out. Here’s music news for October 31.

  1. I may not like Halloween, but I like this: The story of Goth in 33 songs.
  2. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, is going to put on one final performance.
  3. The CEO of the Starz cable network spent $1 million to have Snoop Dogg perform at his kid’s Halloween party.
  4. And at some point today, it may finally become legal to dance in a bar in NYC after 91 years. Wait–what?
  5. Let’s take a look at Canadian music sales and streaming numbers vs. this time last year: Total album sales, -16.2%; digital album, -23.2%; physical albums, -11.1%; CDs, -12.7%; vinyl, +19.1%; streams, +79.2%.
  6. Sony says it has made $1 billion USD just from streaming in the first nine months of 2017.
  7. How much does the average American spend on smartphone apps? This much.
  8. There are new accusations against Harvey Weinstein dating back to the 70s when he was a concert promoter in Buffalo.
  9. If you’re a U2 fan, you should take a look at what author Neill McCormack is doing.
  10. It looks like Spotify is going to make another run at getting into video.
  11. Spotify is going to look a little different on the iPhone X.
  12. Scott Weiland’s kids have put together a playlist for what would have been his 50th birthday.
  13. Dave Grohl is going to guest host Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight. Join Dave and his guests Kristen Bell and Alice Cooper.
  14. Courtney Love and Frances Bean are fighting to prevent the release of Kurt Cobain death scene photos.
  15. This Rock lip sync is probably unnecessary.
  16. Musicians vs. AI: Who would win?
  17. Radiohead has a nice looking songbook coming soon. A Christmas present?



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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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