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Published on January 4th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I had the 1-800-GOT-JUNK people haul away a bunch of stuff from my basement yesterday, basically giving the house a high colonic. I feel refreshed. And now, some music news.

  1. George Michael’s US music sales are up 2,678% since his death.
  2. Rumour about iOS 10.3: A “theatre mode” for texting during movies. Really? We need that?
  3. This never happens with iPhones. Never.
  4. BuzzAngle has this summary of how the US music industry fared in 2016. There’s some interesting day-of-the-week stats here. Bottom line? People are actually paying for music again.
  5. Do you use Shazam to identify songs? Here’s a list of the most Shazamed songs in Canada in 2016.
  6. It was a lovely year for vinyl sales in the UK.
  7. This will be fascinating for radio people: Black ops radio run by the US government.
  8. A new Foo Fighters tour this year? Maybe.
  9. Are you a music or fashion blogger? What keeps you going when things get tough? Here are some hints from other people in your position.
  10. Mariah visited a marijuana dispensary days before her New Year’s Eve gig. (People are REALLY trying to make something out of this.)
  11. Beyonce to headline Coachella this year?
  12. A Bush concert in New Jersey had to be evacuated because of a fire.
  13. David Bowie’s drummer, Woody Woodmansey, has a new memoir.
  14. Fun: The MySpace profiles today’s A-listers would like to forget.
  15. Looking for help in creating a running playlist? Here’s some advice from the pros.
  16. This kind of attitude is why I’m a big fan of this new Manchester band called Cabbage.



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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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