Published on April 18th, 2017 | by Alan Cross0
Random Music News for Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time for Canadian Music Week. No sleep ’til Sunday. And now, the music news for April 18.
- The music sales numbers for the week are out. Total album sales are down about 12% from this point last year while digital albums are 22% weaker and vinyl sales have ticked up 5% (that should get tweaked this weekend with record store day). And if we look at music streams, they are up 96% from this time in 2016,
- Confused about who to see during Canadian Music Week? Here are some picks from occasional contributor Gilles LeBlanc.
- Apple Music now says it has 32 million paying users. Spotify broke through 50 million a while back, but the gap is narrowing.
- Kanye dressed up as the Easter Bunny. Seriously.
- Here’s a brilliant idea: Put a five-year moratorium on inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Half a million rare recordings are slowly disintegrating in the UK.
- Fascinating: How North Koreans communicate digitally in a highly repressive society.
- Where can one find the best-sounding radio in the world? Here are some opinions.
- Anne Murray: “The CIA’s Deadliest Assassin.” (Not really, but it’s fun to contemplate, right?) (Via Andrew)
- These eight companies are doing their best to mash together AI and music.
- Can anyone stop Ed Sheeran in America? Or anywhere else, for that matter?
- You can now get university credit for studying the life of Dolly Parton.
- Some guy stole over 100 cell phones during the first weekend of Coachella.
- How neuroscience might be used to create the ultimate personalized playlist.
- This guy lost a bet regarding the new Kendrick Lamar album. He had to drink a milkshake made of a vinyl record.