Random music new for Tuesday, May 8, 2018

As of today, smallpox has been eradicated from the planet for 38 years. Take that, anti-vaxxers. And for music news on May 8, 2018…

  1. Canadian album sales last week vs. a year ago: Total albums, -22.3%; physical albums, -21.5%; CDs, -26.1%; digital tracks, -20.4%; vinyl, +60.5%(!!!); streaming, +54.6%.
  2. Anyone up for some lewd tweets re: DJ Khaled and Liam Gallagher.
  3. George Harrison’s first electric guitar is going to sell for big dollars.
  4. A very rare Beatles album is also for sale. Make the dude an offer!
  5. This guy in Japan REALLY wants that old Beatles footage. (Via Tom)
  6. Warner Music Group sold its Spotify shares and ended up with $400 million.
  7. Lady Antebellum is still trying to sort out their double-anthem fail. (Tom again)
  8. Krist Novoselic, the former bass player for Nirvana, is now playing accordion in a stoner rock band. You read that right.
  9. Flaming Lips beer? Why not?
  10. A folding smartphone could be a reality by next year.
  11. The myth of the band reunion. Good points. (Via Ed)
  12. If you’re interested in the history behind our CanCon regulations on radio, read this.
  13. There’s a petition aimed at preventing the CBC from destroying an irreplaceable archive of music. Sign it.
  14. A broadcasting scholarship has been created in the name of the play-by-play person killed in the Humboldt Broncos tragedy.
  15. Did Syria create the world’s first song?
  16. Here’s some interesting analysis of radio listening in the UK.
  17. I’m not black, I’m Kanye.” Interesting. (Via Larry)
  18. There’s a cool new recording studio in the Bahamas. They don’t open new facilities like this much anymore.
  19. Will Harry and Meghan have a grime ceremony?

Alan Cross

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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