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Random music news for Tuesday, October 8, 2019

On this day in 1921, KDKA Pittsburgh became the first radio station to broadcast a live football game. Fast-forwarding to October 8, 2019, we have this for music news.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats compared to where things were this time last year: Total album sales, -23.7%; CD sales, -27.8%; digital albums, -22.2%; digital tracks, -27.8%; vinyl LPs, 0.0%; on-demand audio streams, +34.2% (1.54 billion streams last week).
  2. Pedophile singer Gary Glitter making money off the new Joker music. Here’s how.
  3. The Spinal Tap legal battle with Universal has long been turned up to 11, but a resolution may be in sight.
  4. Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol has a terrible fear about what may lurk in his genes.
  5. Google’s Recorder app on the Pixel 4 does something really, really cool. Want.
  6. Apple and Gay Times have a new partnership with something called Elevate. I quote from Music Ally: “It’ll choose artists to spotlight, and give them visibility in Gay Times magazine, as well as on social and digital platforms. And yes, those Apple Music playlists are included: the ‘Elevate’ artists (starting with British musician Joesef) will be featured in the flagship ‘Queer and Now’ playlist on Apple Music.”
  7. How many podcasters are making decent money? Probably not many.
  8. Monday timestuck: Spend a few hours discovering offbeat music through This could get weird.
  9. And are you looking to book a music/sports trip? Try this app called Launchtrip.
  10. VR concerts: It’s gonna be a thing.
  11. There’s a village in India where babies get a song for a name.
  12. A Kinks album is being turned into a BBC radio drama.
  13. Here’s a good interview with Dallas Green of City and Colour.

Alan Cross

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