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Published on February 21st, 2018 | by Alan Cross


Random Music News for Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018: Just one more week in February. Meanwhile, distract yourself with some music news.

  1. Canadian music sales vs. this time last week: Total albums, -28.5%; digital albums, -18.9%; CDs, -34.2%; digital tacks, -19.1%; vinyl, +28%; streaming 59.8%.
  2. Did a guy from Bulgaria scam Spotify for a fortune? Maybe.
  3. “German police pulled out my teeth with pliers,” says Liam Gallagher.
  4. Are you a guitarist? Here are five new trends emerging in 2018.
  5. Has someone hijacked your Spotify account? Here’s what you need to know.
  6. Jay-Z’s epic bar tab.
  7. Will KISS be the next heritage act to announce their retirement? That’s the speculation.
  8. So about Gibson Guitars possible bankruptcy: Here’s what they have to say.
  9. Guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has a cool swag store. But why is he selling a Sharpie for $40? (Via Tom)
  10. Rapper Young Thug has changed his name to SEX. Yes, in all-caps.
  11. Silver vinyl from Bowie? Why not?
  12. Here’s something none of us ever needed to know about Justin Bieber.
  13. This Spanish rapper was sent to jail for lyrics that glamorize terrorism.
  14. Andrew WK has been named Person of the Year by the American Association of Suicidology.

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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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