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Secondary Market Ticket Sellers: An Inside Job?

This will be sure to make some music fans furious: Robbie Williams’ manager has been accused of selling tickets on the secondary market for at least $79 above face value. In other words, he used his position and access to squirrel away tickets, resell them himself, and pocket a tidy little profit, thanks to his insider [&hellip.. more

U2 at the Rogers Center in Toronto: Bots 1, Humans 0 (So Far)

The emails started coming at 10:15 this morning (January 17). “How can all 50,000+ tickets for U2’s Toronto show at the Rogers Centre be gone in less than ten minutes? Goddamn bots!” Ticket-buying bots definitely figured into things–don’t they always?–but there weren’t as many seats available as you might first thing. A quick spin through [&hellip.. more

Some Sweet Rides Owned by Musicians are Going Up for Auction

This story makes the unrepentant petrolhead in me drool with envy. New Atlas reports on a series of celebrity-owned vehicles that are shortly going up for auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Forget Magnum’s Ferarri 308 (I’d never, ever have one) or Sonny Crocket’s Testarossa (outdated in every way), but if I had the chance to sit [&hellip.. more

Fascinating Music History: The First-Ever Gay Album

What was the first-ever record directed at a gay audience? We have to go all the way back to 1962 when a label called Lace Records released an album called Love is a Drag, which, as far as anyone knows, was the first album to featuring a man singing love songs about other men. The [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This was the day of the great 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles. It wasn’t the Big One, but it was bad. And now, the music news… Two Canadians are among the dead at that shooting at an EDM club in Mexico. Music streaming finally now has more paying subscribers than Netflix. Things continue to [&hellip.. more

2016 Was Very Good for Rock Sales and Streams in Canada. This Bodes Well for 2017

We’re halfway through January, but the 2016 reviews are still coming in. BuzzAngle, which is a company that analyzes music consumption, has some interesting numbers for Canada and they all support this theory I have that rock is once again on the ascendant. They say that rock songs—and we’re talking all genres of rock here—were [&hellip.. more

Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks Pay Tribute to Gord Downie

Joe Thornton, superstar centerman for the San Jose Sharks–and a good Canadian boy from St. Thomas, Ontario–has, like many of his countrymen, a soft spot for the Tragically Hip. Tragically (sorry), the band doesn’t have much of a following in the Bay Area of California, but that’s slowly starting to change thanks to Joe. This [&hellip.. more

New Music From The Inbox January 16, 2017: Leif Vollebekk, Sarah Beatty, Leopold and His Fiction & more

By: Juliette Jagger (@juliettejagger) Artist: Leif Vollebekk Song: “Into The Ether” Album/EP: Twin Solitude Off of his forthcoming album, Twin Solitude, “Into The Ether” from Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk is absolutely inspired. Tracked in a single take, the song, which features string arrangements by Chargaux (known for their work on Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Monday, January 16, 2017

On this day in 1929, Popeye the Sailor Man made his debut. And now in music news… Jack White’s Third Man Records is planning its own vinyl pressing plant. Good timing, too. Vinyl is also exploding in Japan. Fifty Shades of Grey: the musical. Wait–what? David Byrne has written a musical about Joan of Arc. Here’s [&hellip.. more

Here are the Nominations for the 2017 Brit Awards

The Brit Awards–scheduled for London on February 22–have revealed this year’s nominees. Here’s who’s up for what. Further coverage at The NME. BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST – In association with Apple Music Craig David David Bowie Kano Michael Kiwanuka Skepta BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST – In association with Apple Music Anohni Ellie Goulding Emeli Sandé [&hellip.. more

Want to see Green Day? No problem.

The second leg of Green Day’s Revolution Radio tour went on sale Friday morning with dates in the US and Canada through mid-September. Roughly 48 hours later, seats are still available at every location on the tour. This is a noted change from the first wave of dates: When the tour was first announced and [&hellip.. more

Canadian Band Spends Two Years Making a Music Video on a Dot Matrix Printer

Wow. Talk about patience. Young Rival–yes, the Canadian band–spent two years working on a video for their song, “Elevator.” Every single frame was generated by an Oki Data Turboline dot matrix printer and then scanned back into a computer to create the moving imagines. Outstanding. Read the whole story at The Creators Project.. more

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