Sixty years ago today, a company called Tokyo Telecommunications Industries, sold its first production: a transistor radio. TTI would soon be renamed Sony.
So much for history. On to music news.
- It just got a little easier for Toronto bands, clubs and promoters to get the word out on their gigs.
- About 135,000 people made to Osheaga in Montreal this year. This is the fourth year in a row that the festival has sold out.
- About 300,000 people went to Lollapalooza in Chicago.
- So is the Mayhem Festival done for good? (Via Tom)
- Taylor Swift’s “1989” tour has grossed $86 million–so far.
- These new earphones will help you get pregnant.
- Wait: Is Apple Music a terrible disaster or a runaway success? Eleven million people have signed up so far.
- Rumour: The Beatles might start streaming later this year.
- This Lenny Kravitz #penisgate thing is getting a little stupid.
- The Hoff is back in a music video. Again.
- The jeans that charge your iPhone.
- Shazam now allows you to add songs to your Rdio or Spotify accounts.
- Would someone please get Puddle of Mudd’s Wes Scalin the help he obviously needs before he kills someone? (That’s Tom again.)
- A 20 year-old Venom mystery.
- U2 finally appeared on the U2 podcast.
- Dark side of the moon. Really. (More Tom)
- It’s still illegal to rip a CD or a song from iTunes in the UK. Crazy.