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Published on November 13th, 2018 | by Alan Cross


Random music news for Tuesday, November 13, 2018

As you may have determined from my out-of-office note, I’m AWOL for the next bit. Where? Send an email to and see if you can figure it out. Meanwhile, I’m still working on things like music news for Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming figures vs. this time last year: Total albums, -21.6%; digital album, -19.6%; CDs, -22.8%; vinyl LPs, + 26.5%; streamings, +48.5% (1.552 billion streams in Canada last week.)
  2. Add Neil Young to the list of stars slamming Donald Trump over the California wildfire crisis.
  3. Meanwhile, Kim and Kanye used private firefighters to deal with their situation. I had no idea there was such a thing.
  4. And Snoop smoked a joint outside the White House as an anti-Trump protest. That’ll show ’em.
  5. One more: Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top fired his opening act for wearing a Trump hat.
  6. Joe Perry is “alert and responsive” after collapsing backstage at Madison Square Garden after a Billy Joel guest appearance.
  7. This is how Muse became one of the biggest rock bands in the world.
  8. People love the idea of owning Aretha Franklin’s used clothes.
  9. Mariah Carey does good business in China in an interesting way.
  10. What’s the ideal length for a podcast? Let’s find out.
  11. This is nice: Bruno Mars is going to provide 24,000 Thanksgiving dinners for the underprivileged people of Hawaii.
  12. An Amazon Echo is now a witness in a murder case.
  13. The legal version of Napster appears to be the only streaming music service that’s turning a profit.
  14. More and more people are willing to watch hour-long YouTube videos. How times have changed…
  15. Does background music in stores drive you nuts? You’re not alone.
  16. This is why the singer of Imagine Dragons is fighting so hard for LGBTQ rights.
  17. Lorde to Kanye: “YOU RIPPED ME OFF!”
  18. Apple’s new patent for headphones sure looks interesting.
  19. Here’s a simple tip bands can use to get more people out to gigs.
  20. A good sign: overall artist revenues are rising.

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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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