Published on April 24th, 2018 | by Alan Cross0
Random music news for Tuesday, April 24, 2018
It was a rough day for Canada yesterday. Anything I can offer for music news will seem inconsequential. Still, here’s what’s happening for April 24, 2018.
- Canadian music sales last week vs. a year ago: Total albums, -25.1%; physical albums, -25.7%; digital albums, -24.1%; CDs, -30.1%; digital tracks, -20.2%; vinyl (which does NOT include Record Store Day), +56.3%; streaming, +54.8%.
- The best strategy about Trump is probably not to say anything at all. Right, Shania Twain?
- Avicii’s music sales have increased by 6,000% in the US alone since he died on Friday.
- Here’s a look at Prince’s bank vault, the place where he kept all his unreleased music.
- Kanye always finds a way to stick his foot in his mouth, doesn’t he? Here’s the latest.
- “How a racist smear campaign derailed Lauryn Hill’s career.”
- Want some sound effects? The BBC has just made 16,000 available for free download.
- This is a good discussion about how AI and machine learning are going to affect music.
- That discussion should have probably included this feud between two artificially-generated Instagram influencers.
- Vancouver band JPNSGRLS has changed their name to Hotel Mira. That could cause some Trip Advisor problems. Wait–what?
- I’m not entirely how this new music knowledge-testing app works, but it’s somehow connected to virtual currency.
- Radio in Canada seems to doing just fine according to this chart.
- Speaking of radio, here’s a map of all the known FM transmitters in the world.
- Are you paying attention to these new “deep fake” videos? You should be.
- The lineup for this upcoming Rolling Stones tour looks pretty fine.
- No more K-pop at the DMZ. This is a positive diplomatic move.
- R Kelly’s legal problems just keep getting more and more complicated. (Via Tom)
- Elton John is finally getting the biopic treatment. He’ll be played by Taron Egerton.
- If you love vinyl, you should check out this site.
- We’re approaching the 25th anniversary of the start of Britpop. Let’s look back at one part of its legacy.
- Looking for a cruise? The new Monsters of Rock cruise has been announced.