Random music news for Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Random music news for Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Justin Bieber is the first artist to have four songs cross the one billion streams mark on Spotify. She toured a townhouse worth $30 million. Distract yourself with some music news for October 10, 2018. I’m saving this. It’s a face massager. Here are some interesting life hacks that music fans might find useful. Have we taken this a little too far? Lady Gaga seems to be doing well. this time last year: Total album sales, -20.2%; digital albums, -19.7%; physical albums, -20.6%; digital tracks, -22.8%; vinyl, +31.8%; streams, +49.4% (1.433 billion streams in Canada last week). Donald Trump called Kanye West “smart.”
Update on Ozzy’s infection, hospitalization, and surgery: it involves his hand and started with a couple of hangnails. If you’re a user of Google’s social network, Google Plus, look out. I saw a spa offering a pumpkin spice massage. Meanwhile, Google has a ton of new hardware coming: phones, tablets, smart speakers, and headphones. Read this. You’re not alone. Alt-J has commissioned a new sound system for their live gigs that’s “totally immersive.” After a data breach, the network is being shut down. The US Justice Department is going after emo rap because it says the genre glorifies opioid abuse. Back in 1965, BBC talent spotters called David Bowie “dull.” (To be fair, he was kinda boring back then.)
Did you spot the pop star cameos? Kanye is going to make another trip to the White House to see Donald Trump. No, this new Madonna product isn’t a sex toy. Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. Is your Amazon Echo/Google Home smart speaker talking to you unprompted? Why do dead rock stars get more popular as time goes by?