Published on February 15th, 2019 | by Alan Cross1
Random music news for Friday, February 15, 2019
More than halfway through February. And after the weather
- Another R Kelly sex tape has appeared. Prosecutors are close to indicting him.
- And the Ryan Adams #MeToo situation thickens. He’s now threatening the New York Times with a lawsuit…
- …but the FBI has opened an investigation into sexual abuse allegations against Ryan him…
- …and his upcoming album and a new signature amp have been pulled.
- Chris Brown is in trouble again.
- The Chicago run of the Michael Jackson musical has been canceled because of the latest pedo allegations.
- I had a feeling something was weird about Jussie Smollett’s story about being attacked…
- A pop group in Iran has been censored and banned because a female guitarist in the band dared sing a 12-second vocal solo, something that’s highly illegal under Iranian. The religious police are investigating.
- The brand most trusted by millennials? YouTube.
- My wife would have killed me if I had done this for Valentine’s Day.
- Universal, the biggest of the major labels, had record revenues of US$7.1 billion in 2018. Of that, US$3.08 billion came from streaming, up 37.3% over 2017. Physical music sales? Down 16% to US$1.13 billion. A good time for Vivendi to sell the label? More here.
- Toddlers: the newest music tastemakers and influencers. Yes, babies.
- Qobuz, a European high-res music streaming service, debuted in the US yesterday. No idea when (or if) it’s coming to Canada.
- One Direction/The Chainsmokers? What’s the difference? Er, Mariah
- Try as he might, Noel Gallagher can’t sell his house in London.
- Ranking the greatest banned songs of all time.
- A guy in smalltown England wants to erect a statue dedicated to NWA’s Eazy-E. Because nothing says gangsta like smalltown England.
- “How Pop Music Embraced Death and Lost Its Sex Appeal.” Discuss.
- Ever use Discogs.com as a resource for tracking down
music? Then you might be interested in their annual report.