Random music news for Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Can you imagine if Jack White were paid royalties every time a soccer crowd chanted “Seven Nation Army?” (He gets them if the SONG is played, but not if fans just chant those iconic seven notes). Here’s music news for June 26, 2018.

  1. Canadian music sales last week vs. a year ago: Total albums, -17.3%; CDs, -18.9%; digital albums, -22.4%; digital tracks, -21.7%; vinyl, +74.9%; streaming, +49.6% (1.130 billion streams).
  2. Chester Bennington’s widow says she missed the warning signs of his deep depression.
  3. A new study says that 13% of Canadians still pirate media content.
  4. A small bird’s nest held up the entire Ottawa Bluesfest.
  5. Is Apple about to go deep into audio products? Let’s take a look.
  6. Getting married? Learn about wedding DJs, iPods and more here.
  7. Behold the world’s smallest computer. That other thing in the picture? It’s a grain of rice.
  8. The mayor of Manchester is working to make that city’s music scene even stronger. Don’t you wish more cities would take music this seriously?
  9. Imagine this: Carrie Fisher apparently had affairs with both David Bowie and Freddie Mercury when she was just 17. (Via Tom)
  10. And speaking of Bowie
  11. Bob Dylan has a new whiskey. What’s it like? Here’s a review.’
  12. Do you take band photos? Here are some tips.
  13. Fun: Judging a generation by its music.
  14. No surprise here: XXXtenacion’s death has bumped up his album sales.
  15. The Arab world’s only gay radio station is in Tunisia, a country where homosexuality is illegal.
  16. Ratings for Top 40 radio stations continue to drop. Could it be the result of competition from streaming and YouTube? Maybe.
  17. Tesla has some really interesting new connectivity features for its cars. Cooooool.
  18. This Canadian Syrian kids’ choir canceled their trip to the US because they were afraid of what would happen with them with American immigration.
  19. Looking for an alternative to YouTube? PeerTube says it’s “censorship-resistant.”
  20. Madonna is now singing duets with her son.

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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