Random Music News for Tuesday, October 3, 2017

It was on this day in 1995 that OJ Simpson was acquitted. And this week, he’s out of jail on those theft charges. And now, music news for October 3, 2017.

  1. These are your Canadian music sales numbers for the week vs. this time past year:  Total albums, -17.2%; digital albums, -23.9%; physical albums, -12.1%; CDs, -13.6%; vinyl, +16%; streaming +79.7%.
  2. Here’s how things work in the music industry now: Last week, the Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold sold 120,000 physical copies. This week, the number is down to 20,000, a drop of 83%.
  3. Liam Gallagher wants us to know that he drives with a pot stash in his car and is afraid of being pulled over.
  4. It won’t be long before that convent belongs to Katy Perry.
  5. An iPhone 8 survived being cooked with a waffle iron. Good to know, right?
  6. There’s a new dongle that allows you to charger your headphone jack-less iPhone while charging it at the same time.
  7. Ticketmaster has sued brokers that use bots to gain an advantage when elbowing us poor meatbags out of the way.
  8. Did you know that Microsoft still had a streaming music service? No? Well, Groove Music (formerly Xbox music) is closing. All customers will be ported over to Spotify.
  9. Interesting: a podcast that’s a documentary on podcasting.
  10. Speaking of which, here’s how to create a seven-figure podcast.
  11. Here’s the inside story of the “Despacito” hot streak.
  12. And finally, just this one story on Sunday night’s country music concert massacre. Seems that praying hasn’t helped America stop gun violence.

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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