Random Music News for Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The first full day of spring! Bring it ON! And now, the music news.

  1. If you’re concerned about the music venue crisis currently facing Toronto, read this.
  2. Canadian album sales are about even where they were at this point last year, but no thanks to digital albums. They’re soft by 25%. Vinyl is up by 6.2% and on-demand music streams are ahead 98.3%. And before anyone gets too excited about cassettes, only 700 have been sold across the country all year. That’s down 41% from last year.
  3. A good look at U2’s The Joshua Tree 30 years later from NPR.
  4. The prison recordings of Charles Manson are being compiled for release. Fun.
  5. Drake broke a bunch of Apple Music records.
  6. A look at how ABBA connected with a Hindu audience.
  7. The late NYC newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin–he died over the weekend at 88–told this story of the night John Lennon was shot.
  8. Katy Perry once went to Bible camps to “pray away her gay.”
  9. Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s has worsened. He can no longer play guitar.
  10. Do people really listen to an entire podcast? (SPOILER: No.)
  11. Although this article is in Norwegian, I can tell you it says that listening to radio is down by 10% now that FM transmitters are being shut off.
  12. Meanwhile, Thailand is planning to launch digital radio next year.
  13. This is great: TV theme songs of the past that were actually proper songs.
  14. An Australian Justin Bieber imposter is facing 931 child sex charges.
  15. YouTube has a new controversy to deal with thanks to their LGBT “restricted mode“…
  16. …and there’s a row over this Morrissey T-shirt.
  17. Seven trends music experts say we should watch for in 2017.
  18. Apple has upgraded the basic 9.7-inch iPad and dropped the price. There’s also a new (PRODUCT) RED iPhone 7 and 7Plus.

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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