Music News

Random music news for Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Were Freddie Mercury still alive, he would have turned 72 today. And in music news for September 5, 2018…

  1. Canadian music sales and streams vs. this time last year: Total albums, -19%; digital albums, -20.7%; digital tracks, -22.5%; physical albums, -17.9%; CDs, -21.9%; vinyl, +40.6%; streams, +51% (1.094 billion streams)
  2. Be careful what you tweet lest you think that Linkin Park is going to name a replacement for Chester Bennington.
  3. It was possible to make the Top 10 on the US SoundScan charts this week by selling less than 7,000 physical units. It took all of 556 records to make the Top 200.
  4. And on that topic, Alice in Chains’ Rainer Fog debuted at #2 on US SoundScan by selling less than 29,000 units. (BTS and Love Yourself: Answer was #1 with 141,000 copies.)
  5. I guess Jon Rich of the country duo Big & Rich won’t be buying Nike gear anymore.
  6. ABBA dinner theatre? It’s coming to London.
  7. Worst neighbours in the world: Jimmy Page vs. Robbie Williams. The fight continues.
  8. In India, 17 women were rescued from an “orchestra band” which abused them sexually.
  9. Troubles continue for bankrupt Gibson Guitars. They’re seeking to dismiss a $60 million supplier lawsuit.
  10. So many podcasts, so little time. What’s a person to do?
  11. “Is my record collection trying to kill me?”
  12. Could this be the future of home entertainment? Watch this.
  13. The manager of Mastodon is battling pancreatic cancer.
  14. Are you a struggling musician? Here are tips on how to maintain your mental health.
  15. Yesterday was Google’s 20th birthday. Here’s how much things have changed. (Via Tom. He’s back.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

Alan Cross has 38321 posts and counting. See all posts by Alan Cross

Let us know what you think!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.