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Random Music News for Tuesday, July 18, 2017

On this day in 1995, the Soufrière Hills volcano erupted on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. It ended up destroying George Martin’s state-of-the-art Air Studios. And now, the music news for July 18. This one of the better leaks involving the iPhone 8. What the hell is this about an R. Kelly sex cult? Jay-Z sold 174,000 physical copies [&hellip.. more

Is Classic Alternative Becoming the New Classic Rock?

While the music of the Beatles, the Stones, Led Zeppelin and others of their age will remain with us forever, time is moving on. The original fans of what became classic rock are now well into their 60s, 70s and even 80s, meaning that the “classic” nature of this music might more accurately be classified [&hellip.. more

What Happens When You Cross Bon Iver with Alex Jones? This.

Alex Jones of InfoWars has some interesting, er, viewpoints on what’s really going on. For example, he contends that NASA has kidnapped children for use as slave labour on Mars. He also believes that scientists have been growing babies in cows for years . According to him, the Sandy Hook massacre never happened and he was a big part [&hellip.. more

Today is World Emoji Day. There’s Even an Anthem

Today the planet celebrates all things emoji with World Emoji Day, which was founded way back in 2014. Its purpose? To celebrate those little picture things that say things words can’t. And screw Esperanto. This is the real universal language–and it’s only been around since 1995. Let’s do some research: Six mind-blowing emoji facts. How [&hellip.. more

So What’s Going on with Toronto’s El Mocambo?

About five years ago, it looked like the El Mocambo, Toronto’s legendary dive bar that has featured gigs by everyone from the Rolling Stones to Queens of the Stone Age, was headed for extinction. But then in 2015 Dragon’s Den star Michael Werkerle, a hardcore music fan, swooped in and bought the place or $4 [&hellip.. more

Why Does the Music Industry Hate YouTube So Much?

Every since YouTube debuted more than a decade ago, the music industry hasn’t been happy. Things haven’t gotten better. In fact, they’re deteriorating. The Washington Post explains where things are now. With the money from CDs and digital downloads disappearing, the music industry has pinned its hope for the future on online song streaming, which [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Monday, July 17, 2017

It was on this day in 1976 that the Montreal Olympics opened. Twenty-five African teams boycotted the games because the IOC wouldn’t kick out New Zealand for having played sporting events against South Africa, which was still under apartheid. And now, the music news for July 17. So Bluesfest in Ottawa was “overwhelmed” by drunk [&hellip.. more

Let Me Try to Explain All These “Fake Artist” Allegations About Spotify

Spotify had a bad week. The company had to deal with a growing number of allegations that its playlists are lousy with fictitious artists, musicians that don’t seem to exist. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of songs are credited to artists with zero backgrounds. No Twitter accounts. No Facebook pages. No websites. Nothing on YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud [&hellip.. more

Our Prime Minister Just Unveiled his Summer Playlist on Spotify

Justin Trudeau tweeted out his summer playlist on Spotify this weekend. Anyone want to analyze his tastes? What am I listening to this summer? What should I be? Check out the PM Mix playlist on Spotify: https://t.co/HXZxCVeree pic.twitter.com/zvK7ZJuG99 — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 15, .. more

These are the Biggest-Grossing Tours So Far in 2017

Pollstar, the site that follows the touring industry, has published its mid-year analysis of concert tours. Here the top-line facts. (All figures in US dollars) Total grosses for the top 50 tours for 2017 so far: $1.97 billion, down from $1.98 billion last year. Total tickets sold: 23.4 million, up from 22.6 million last year. Average [&hellip.. more

Nine Inch News: You Got What You Asked For

[Another meditation on the music of a big name artist by contributor Gilles LeBlanc. – AC] With all the craziness going on in the world, it’s reassuring to know there are a least a few things you can count on when it comes to Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. You can call what his [&hellip.. more

The Forgotten Format Wars of the Late 1990s

From the moment Edison unveiled his talking machine in August 1877, there was a race to create recordings with greater fidelity and realism. The technology led us from wax cylinders to rotating discs to vinyl records and compact discs. But then something weird happened around 2000: consumers started becoming apathetic when it came to high-fidelity [&hellip.. more

Amazon is Making Big Progress as a Streamer of Music

When it comes to streaming music, Spotify is still the big gorilla followed by Apple Music. In third place? Nope. Not Google Play. It’s Amazon. Although Amazon’s streaming music service isn’t available in many countries (Canada is still excluded), it’s become the third most-popular source of streaming music. Music Industry Blog has this graphic. The [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wait. Is July half over already? Jeebus… Here’s the music news for July 15. Maynard James Keenan gets candid about the new Tool album. Where should we preserve Canada’s broadcast archives? How about in a Cold War bunker? One of Spotify’s so-called “fake artists” has broken his silence. Facebook is about to get into VR [&hellip.. more


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