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Published on September 13th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Someone here in Singapore has ordered a brand new Bugatti Chiron for $3.2 million–and left-hand drive cars are illegal here.  What’s this dude gonna do with it? And now, today’s music news…

  1. A Day to Remember has the #1 album in the US this week by selling just 62,000 records. You can make the Billboard Top 200 in America by selling as little as 957 albums.
  2. Meanwhile in Canada, album sales are down 21% from 2016 with digital albums leading the fall (-25.4%). Vinyl is slipping week-over-week but is still ahead of last year by about 32%.
  3. The Beastie Boys have announced a special 30th-anniversary release of Licensed to Ill for next month.
  4. Playing a song in tweets? Yes. It’s a new arrangement between Twitter and Deezer.
  5. There will be no Glastonbury in 2018. It will be one of the event’s so-called “fallow” years.
  6. Sales of DAB radios are doing very, very well. Too bad that Canada and the US have abandoned the technology.
  7. Wait: Prince had a female alter-ego that also recorded music? Yep. (Via Tom)
  8. Meanwhile, Prince’s estate owes some party planners some big money.
  9. Lady Gaga worked with Beck and Florence on her new album.
  10. Beware if anyone offers to sell you some of Tupac’s lyrics.
  11. Take a London bus, charge your phone. Brilliant.
  12. The Grammy Museum is preparing a Ramones exhibition.
  13. How did the iPhone 7 end up with Intel inside?
  14. Why are students at the University of Manitoba getting extortion letters over accusations over illegal downloads? (Via Tom)
  15. Could this be the death of the password?
  16. Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson together again.
  17. Fun video: Kids react to hearing Metallica for the first time.



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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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