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Published on August 28th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Happy 32nd birthday to Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine. In other music news for August 28, 2018…

  1. Canadian music sales and streaming numbers vs. this time last year: Total albums, -18.8%; digital albums, -20.7%; physical albums, -17.6%; CDs, -21.6%; vinyl, +43.2%; streaming, +51.4% (1.109 billion streams last week).
  2. Hoping to be a music industry entrepreneur? Here are 16 podcasts that should help.
  3. Speaking of music entrepreneurship, Taylor Swift is about to be a free agent. Let the bidding begin!
  4. Let’s talk a little bit more about the radio industry and its relationship to smart speakers and podcasting. This is important.
  5. Why is someone trying to burn down this small-town Manitoba radio station?
  6. Wow. Sales of digital albums are really tanking.
  7. Frustrated by not being able to find the perfect headphones for yourself? You’re not alone.
  8. A long-lost Noel Gallagher solo album has turned up.
  9. Here is the top 10 playlist of late Senator John McCain.
  10. Stevie Wonder played this tribute to John McCain.
  11. It looks like this year was the year of a podcast boom. Where will things go from here?
  12. Worried about having a heart attack? Listen to some yoga music before bed.
  13. I love how these music festivals are combining tunes with science.
  14. Still using Snapchat? You might find this new music feature interesting.
  15. A record amount of illegal drugs were seized at the Leeds Festival this year.
  16. Interesting: Email could be more useful for your band’s interaction with fans than social channels.
  17. If you’re a hardcore Tragically Hip fan, you might enjoy this podcast that’s going through all the band’s releases.
  18. Metallica watches? Why not?
  19. Is it possible that Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga are collaborating on something?



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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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