Random music news for Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Eighty years ago today, we saw the first flight of a jet aircraft. Next up, music news for August 27, 2019.

  1. Thom Yorke was the editor for a one-off Greenpeace magazine.
  2. Neil Young has some homework for musicians: Create songs using words of kids in US border detention centres.
  3. Watch Netflix on your iPhone? The company is testing out a new thing for iOS.
  4. Have you seen the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood yet? Radio plays a role in the movie.
  5. Donald Trump has a serious thing about Miley Cyrus twerking at the 2013 MTV VMAs.
  6. Pissed off about going back to school? Here are ten songs that encapsulate things perfectly.
  7. The Foo Fighters want people to sign a petition demanding that Oasis get back together.
  8. Yes, the price of Canadian mobile phone plans have gone down recently, but the price of the phones themselves have skyrocketed.
  9. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats for the past week vs. where they were at this point in 2018: Total album sales, -25.0%; CD sales, -30.4%; digital albums, -21.3%; digital tracks, -27.5%, vinyl LPs, -1.8%; on-demand audio streams, +34.8% (1.466 billion streams in the country last week.)
  10. A bunch of kids from a Toronto music program ended up on Taylor Swift’s new album. Here’s how.
  11. Apple TV Plus is coming. Here’s another trailer for what it will offer.
  12. Billie Eilish has a concert scheduled for Oculus venues. Yes, it’s another virtual thing.
  13. What’s wrong with Canada when it comes to music festivals? It’s…complicated.
  14. Did you order the special packaging edition of Tool’s Fear Inoculum? Here’s what you’ll end up getting.

Alan Cross

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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