Published on May 16th, 2017 | by Alan Cross0
Random Music News for Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Another day, more ransomware. You all patched up? And now, the music news for May 16.
- RIP Keith Mitchell, drummer for Mazzy Star.
- 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.
- 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.
- Interesting concept: Are voice commands the new hi-fi?
- 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.
- And PWR BTTM’s problems keep getting worse.
- 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?
- There’s a “no dancing” law in New York City? Apparently.
- Fascinating fact: one-third of all Google searches are for images.
- So has the next U2 album been pushed back to 2018?
- This isn’t good. Fewer Ontario students are getting music education due to lack of funds.
- Russia is still pissed about being excluded from Eurovision over the whole Crimea thing.
- Groovin’ baby in the car seat.
- How to lie about your lifestyle like Bow Wow.
- A list of animated characters that made for excellent pitchmen. Pitchwomen. Pitchthings.
- Cool! Acoustic levitation! (Via Larry)
- Bob Marley ice cream! No, it doesn’t contain weed.
- Look like Apple will show off some new hardware at WWDC next month.