Published on July 19th, 2016 | by Alan Cross1
Random Music News for Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The cicadas in my backyard are deafening. Shut UP, bugs! And now, the music news…
- Elvis’ relative claims The King died of a “self-induced overdose.” So, like, suicide?
- Meanwhile, there’s a claim that Amy Winehouse tried to kill herself eight weeks before she died.
- Audio is now bigger than video online–at least in the US. Audio killed the video star?
- The many Tubes of YouTube.
- And then there’s this: Is YouTube wrecking the music industry or giving new people a chance to be stars?
- Is it true that Millennials aren’t very interested in traditional radio anymore? Read this.
- Good provocative reading about news and media in general: Do journalists hate their audiences?
- The Tupac biopic is being delayed because of a licensing fight over the music.
- Apple Music is proposing to pay out more money to artists. Interesting tactic: putting a financial squeeze on their rivals.
- Here’s a nice summary of reactions to Short List for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize.
- It was another miserable week for album sales in the US. The #1-selling album, Schoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP, sold just 52,000 copies. And after selling 172,000 copies of California, the Blink-182 album drops to #3 with 27,500 albums sold. Drake is back at #1 in Canada with Views with the equivalent of 11,000 units.
- Here’s Everlast writing on the challenges of being a parent. One of his kids has cystic fibrosis. (Via Larry)
- The singer of the Pokemon theme song is suddenly very popular again.
- Interesting: Why Millennials like podcasts.
- It’s amazing how Taylor Swift manages to stay in the news even between albums. Very clever branding and marketing.
- Want to play the guitar but can’t be arsed in learning all those chords? Try this thing. (Via Andrew)
- Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic wants to tell Canadians not to be afraid of electoral reform.