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Published on September 12th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It’s new iPhone day. The reality distortion field has been switched on in an effort to reduce sticker shock. And now, the music news for September 12.

  1. Even before the iPhone 8 was announced, there was a lineup outside a store.
  2. Ticketmaster says that as a result of its “Verified Fan” program, 90% of concert tickets are going to humans rather than bots.
  3. Here are the weekly Canadian music sales and streaming numbers vs. a year ago: Total albums, -17.2%; digital albums, -24.3%; physical albums, -11.9%; CDs, -13.1%; vinyl, +11%; streaming, +80.7%.
  4. LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream sold 81,000 physical copies in the US last week (15,000 of those on vinyl), good for the #1 spot on Soundscan. The #2 album, the latest Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack sold just 14,000. Wow.
  5. What’s the future of WayHome? Organizers are trying to figure that out right now.
  6. It’s like the music industry is deliberately trying to kill radio in the US.
  7. The Juggalos are getting ready to march on Washington DC this Saturday. This is gonna be interesting…
  8. Are you a superfan? This new app might get you closer to the artists you like the most.
  9. The University of Waterloo has come up with some new software for the car that knows when you’re driving and not supposed to be texting.
  10. Chavril, together again. Briefly.
  11. It’s possible that the artwork of Morrissey’s new album will get him banned with some retailers in the UK.
  12. If you really, really, REALLY like King Crimson, they’ve got a doozy of a box set for you.
  13. A Canadian poet has been accused of plagiarizing…Tupac?
  14. A music festival murder? Looks like it.
  15. What does Win Butler of Arcade Fire know about arcade games? Let’s find out.
  16. Turns out that Ed Sheeran is a serious petrol head.
  17. Some British churches are being turned into big karaoke venues.
  18. Here’s what some experts are saying about the rise of smart speakers.
  19. Want to play Canadian Music Week in 2018? Apply now!



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About the Author

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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