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Random music news for Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The end-of-summer season sales are now on. I’m not ready for this. I can, however, offer some music news for July 24, 2018.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales numbers vs. this time last year: Total albums, -17.1%; digital album2, -21;3%; physical albums, -14.3%; CDs, -18.3%; vinyl, +58%; streaming, +53.2%.
  2. Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s assassin, is coming up for parole for the tenth time.
  3. If you think your life is too dull, consider becoming a Juggalo so you could attend gatherings like this.
  4. A warning about Wu-Tang Wednesday. Hey, I’d be down for this.
  5. How much money could be made from audiences who pirate material? If they could ever be converted, the market could be huge.
  6. A Sex Pistols gig at a country pub next spring? Something doesn’t smell right here.
  7. This is what CBGB has become today.
  8. The UK plans to celebrate National Album Day on October 13.
  9. Into Daft Punk? There’s a new book about them.
  10. This single dropped from #1 to #97 in one week on the British charts. Can you guess the song?
  11. MGM Resorts is defending its move to sue victims and survivors of the Route 91 concert massacre.
  12. David Bowie’s first-ever studio recording–one that was rejected by a record company–is going up for auction…
  13. …and it was found in, of all places, a bread box! (Via Steve)
  14. And a harmonica used by Bob Dylan sold at auction for $13,700.
  15. New stat: YouTube has 1.9 billion daily users who stream 180 million hours of video every day.
  16. Let’s get to the bottom of this story that Michael Jackson was chemically castrated.
  17. The rich do not take summer vacations like this rest of us.
  18. Speaking of vacations, here are some hotels with facilities that allow guests to make music.
  19. And if you’d rather stay at luxury hotels with their own nightclubs, check out these.
  20. Lest we forget, going to gigs can help you live longer.
  21. Thanks to Donald Trump’s tariffs, American could soon be paying more for their favourite gadgets.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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