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Published on September 10th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Tuesday, September 10, 2019

On this day in 1977, the last guillotine execution was carried out in France. With that imagery in mind, here’s some music news for September 10, 2019.

  1. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. where things were at this point in 2018: Total album sales, -24.3%; CD sales, -29.4%; digital albums, -21.0%; digital tracks, -27.6%; vinyl LPs, -1.2%; on-demand audio streams, +34.8% (1.477 billion streams in Canada last week).
  2. Here’s the latest list of the 50 most valuable albums in the world.
  3. When you’re getting married and your dad is Keith Richards, you can expect a pretty good party.
  4. It looks like the US government plans to launch yet another investigation into radio payola.
  5. Congress also has a good question about YouTube technology.
  6. Apple would like to change the way streaming pays out. They were unsuccessful. Here’s why.
  7. The heiress to the Oxycontin fortune offered Courtney Love $100K to attend a fashion show.
  8. Paul McCartney got a Canadian to illustrate his children’s book. (Via Tom)
  9. There are predictions for podcasts to be a US$1.2 billion market in the US by the end of the year.
  10. Whale songs are getting more bass-y. Good thing or bad thing? We cannot be sure.
  11. No, video did not kill the radio star. One of the people behind “Video Killed the Radio Star” agrees.
  12. This shop in India used to supply The Beatles.
  13. If podcasting is your thing, here is a good article on what kind of microphone you might use.
  14. Eleven more women have come forth with #MeToo allegations against opera star and IFPI head Placido Domingo.
  15. The Peppa Pig tour has already sold 600,000 tickets.
  16. This is an unusual thing for Sam Smith to be doing, don’t you think?
  17. Internet trolls: Who they are and why they do what they do.
  18. Will Canadian campus radio stations survive this? I sure hope so.



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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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