Published on May 5th, 2018 | by Alan Cross1
Random music for Saturday, May 5, 2018
Cinco de Mayo! And this is what we have for music news for May 5, 2018.
- Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
- It’s interesting to see how Wall Street is betting on music for the first time in decades.
- Now that Gibson Guitars has filed for bankruptcy, we’re learning that the company was stiffing suppliers for months.
- Now Liam Gallagher is getting the documentary treatment with a film called Liam Gallagher: As It Was. I have a feeling it will be sweary.
- Mood Music, a British stage production set in the music industry, sounds like it’s worth seeing. (Wait! I’ll be in London next week! Hmm.)
- Would you like to be interviewed in the style of an 80s pop star? Go here.
- Jay-Z is getting sued over some Tidal legal issues…
- …and he’s in court over his Rocawear business.
- Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake, Chief Flavor Officer, of a soft drink company, is also involved in a lawsuit.
- Interesting: Millions of Britons say they have never, ever been to a live gig.
- People are streaming a lot of older tracks in the UK. About 55% of all streams are classified as “catalogue selections.”
- Alice Cooper predicts a return to big, brash, theatrical 80s-style rock. I could live with that.
- Due to a quirk of the YouTube algorithm, there’s been an explosion in pirate radio stations.
- Google Assistant can now control over 5,000 smart devices.
- Over at YouTube, the platform has more than 1.8 billion registered users per month.
- Spotify seems to be interested in getting into audiobooks.
- UK music festivals are banning plastic straws. They’re also banning glitter to cut down on plastic waste. I like it.
- It can be really, really tough to be a classical musician these says. See?
- Fleetwood Mac doesn’t seem to miss Lindsey Buckingham at all.
- Liz Phair vs. Donald Trump. Fun.