Random music news for Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This was such a weird and awful month in 2001. First, the 9/11 attacks. And on this day, the anthrax attacks. As for music news for September 18, 2018…

  1. Canadian music sales and streams vs. this time last year: Total albums, -19.4%; digital albums, -19.9%; physical albums, -19.0%; CDs, -22,8%; digital tracks, -22.%; vinyl, +36.6%; streams, +50.4%; (1.153 billion streams last week.)
  2. I was a guest on a podcast called North of the Internet. You can listen here.
  3. Some Apple products will apparently be left off Trump’s tariff lists.
  4. Meanwhile, iOS 12 is rolling out for iPhones and iPads.
  5. And here’s why Apple discontinued the iPhone X.
  6. The Cranberries will officially split after one more album. They have material from Dolores already recorded.
  7. Interested in the latest data on the music listening habits of Americans? Here’s the full report.
  8. Metallica outdrew the Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg. (Via Tom)
  9. Airline toilet set with Liam Gallagher? Here’s a story involving that.
  10. “Unbreakable” iPhones and laptops? Could be coming.
  11. This is weird, but it works really, really well.
  12. Warner Music Group has just bought a big merch company. He who controls the concert t-shirt sales…
  13. Another music industry #MeToo situation, this time from Lily Allen. (Via Steve)
  14. Ariana Grande gets a pig. A real pig. (More Steve)
  15. “Discounted concert tickets to people over 60 is unfair to the young.” Discuss. (And Steve again.)
  16. Is streaming killing the mixtape? Maybe.
  17. How can you turn childhood turmoil into inspiration for music? Like this. (Via Tom)
  18. This is one way to play video games. (Via Tom again)
  19. The Stonehenge rave.
  20. Get ready for more Alexa-powered devices.

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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