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Random music news for Tuesday, March 6, 2018

It was on this day in 1975 that the public got its first look at the Zapruder film. What we see in those frames is still unexplained. And with that, here’s music news for March 6, 2018.

  1. Russ Soloman, the founder of Tower Records, has passed away. He died at age 92 while drinking whiskey and watching the Oscars.
  2. People: PLEASE stop with the concert stage invasions (like this and this.)
  3. Canadian music sales last week vs. one year ago: Total albums, -28%; digital albums, -19.2%; physical albums, -33.1%; CD, -37.2%; digital tracks, -19.7%; vinyl, +34.3%; streaming, +58.7%.
  4. Now that music’s doing better, “we should all start reading again.”
  5. More on smart speakers: The market is exploding.
  6. These people went to an Australian music festival. They may have left with a potentially fatal bat infection.
  7. If you’re a Linkin Park fan, you might be interested in hearing this test mix. (Via Gord)
  8. Micky Foote, the producer of the first Clash album, died after a stroke last week. He was 66.
  9. Here’s “a salute to women who rock.”
  10. Like Canadian indie guitar rock? Take a look at this.
  11. Radio’s “addiction problem.” (I prefer the word “habit,” as do a few other radio folk.)
  12. March Madness-like bracket time: What was the greatest year in hip-hop?
  13. U2 has some new vinyl reissues on the way.
  14. Are you using a hacked app to access Spotify? You won’t be much longer. The crackdown is coming.
  15. Ethiopia has its own version of The Spice Girls.
  16. This voice-cloning AI won’t cause any problems. Nope. No way. Never. What could possibly go wrong?
  17. Here’s a new study on the way we use social media. Fascinating.

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.

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