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Published on May 16th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Another day, more ransomware. You all patched up? And now, the music news for May 16.

  1. RIP Keith Mitchell, drummer for Mazzy Star.
  2. Looking at the weekend Canadian music sales numbers, total album sales are softer by 17% from this time last year. Digital albums are the big problem, dropping 26%.  And vinyl is down by a little over 10%.  But streaming continues on the uptick. It’s ahead 92% from this point in 2016.
  3. Chris Stapleton had an outstanding sales week in the US. His From a Room: Volume 1 sold 202,000 copies (actual CDs, vinyl and digital files), narrowly beating out Logic’s Everybody, which sold 196,000.
  4. Interesting concept: Are voice commands the new hi-fi?
  5. There’s a new harassment scandal in the record industry. Epic’s L.A. Reid is involved. And this harassment case sounds like a cover-up.
  6. And PWR BTTM’s problems keep getting worse.
  7. There were some scary moments at a Melbourne nightclub over the weekend when an unknown substance was sprayed on the dance floor. What’s wrong with people?
  8. There’s a “no dancing” law in New York City? Apparently.
  9. Fascinating fact: one-third of all Google searches are for images.
  10. So has the next U2 album been pushed back to 2018?
  11. This isn’t good. Fewer Ontario students are getting music education due to lack of funds.
  12. Russia is still pissed about being excluded from Eurovision over the whole Crimea thing.
  13. Groovin’ baby in the car seat.
  14. How to lie about your lifestyle like Bow Wow.
  15. A list of animated characters that made for excellent pitchmen. Pitchwomen. Pitchthings.
  16. Cool! Acoustic levitation! (Via Larry)
  17. Bob Marley ice cream! No, it doesn’t contain weed.
  18. Look like Apple will show off some new hardware at WWDC next month.



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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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