Published on February 3rd, 2017 | by Alan Cross0
Random Music News for Friday, February 3, 2017
On this day in 1972, a blizzard started in Iran. When it ended seven days later, more than 4,000 people were dead, making it the deadliest snowstorm in history. And now in music news…
- This should be a very good summer for Canadian festival acts. Here’s why. [Hint: Sesquicentennial.]
- It could be a rough year for Muslim musicians who had plans to tour the US.
- Yes, the El Mocambo, Toronto’s iconic music venue, will reopen–eventually. It’s just that renovations are taking a lot longer than expected. It should be ready to go by sometime this summer.
- Meanwhile, the people trying to bring back Hugh’s Room have set up a GoFundMe page. They want to raise $90,000 by the end of July.
- And on a related note about Toronto venues, here’s why DIY music spaces are so important.
- Are live gigs too quiet these days? At least one guy thinks so.
- Why it’s risky to call a latte with five shots of espresso a “Tupac.”
- Here’s an interesting breakdown of how Sony music made its money in 2016.
- Samantha Bee vs. Donald Trump, round…whatever.
- Coldplay has thrown its support behind a charity that helps refugees and immigrants.
- Drake pulled off a nice rescue with Travis Scott.
- Happy 50th, Sire Records! Seymour Stein’s label was/is home to everyone from Focus to the Pretenders to the Smiths.
- Josie and the Pussycats are back!
- U2 cabaret. Ouch.
- Hate ticket resellers? This story won’t help.
- Apple has nearly a quarter billion dollars cash. How should they spend it to rule the music industry?
- Should Facebook buy Spotify?