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Published on December 12th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Wednesday, December 12, 2018

One day, we’ll turn on the news and not hear anything about Donald Trump. One day… Meanwhile, here’s music news for Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

  1. Canadian weekly music sales and streams vs. this point last year: Total album sales, -22.5%; physical albums, -24.2%; CDs, -27.8%; digital tracks, -23.2%; vinyl LPs, +24.0%; on-demand audio streams, +39% (1.312 billion streams, up 4.1% from last week.)
  2. Green Day’s old bookmobile-turned-tour-bus has found a new home. (Via Matthew)
  3. Wow, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, that’s a LOT of cocaine. But he and the band are into baking now.
  4. Based on fan voting, it looks like Def Leppard is going to make it into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The official announcement comes tomorrow.
  5. Post Malone Crocs are selling for more than a $1,000 now. Yes, Crocs.
  6. The EU keeps tabs on media and music piracy sites. Here are the worst offenders.
  7. Avicii: the documentary. Apparently, it’s very sad.
  8. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” has become the first song to pass 2 billion streams on Spotify. No wonder he was one of the highest-paid musicians of 2018.
  9. A Saskatchewan lacrosse team maybe shouldn’t have played “Baby It’s Cold Outside” at one of its games. (Via Tom)
  10. Tom DeLonge’s “science fiction Disney” series has been picked up by TBS.
  11. These are the most-downloaded podcasts from iTunes in 2018.
  12. Looking for a new audio system? There’s this new creation from McIntosh–but it ain’t cheap.
  13. Courtney Love has won a restraining order against a former manager.
  14. Japan lags behind much or the world in the adoption of streaming. This new Sony service might change all that.
  15. Muse rolls into Chicago and promptly covers the Smashing Pumpkins.
  16. Jeff Bezos makes LOTS of money. And it comes in FAST.
  17. A documentary on the disastrous Fyre Festival is now in the works. This should be good.
  18. This study of how fake news spreads explains a lot.
  19. How much do streaming platforms pay artists? Here’s another take on a very contentious issue. 
  20. Now that Rami Malek is being praised for his role as Freddie Mercury, he might end up as a Bond villian
  21. I’d forgotten about Too Many Cooks



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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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