Random Music News for Wednesday, January 06 2016

Three days into the new work week and only two more days until the new Bowie album. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s stick with today’s music news.

  1. Sales of Adele’s 25 have surpassed 800,000 in Canada, earning it a Diamond Award. That was fast.
  2. Meanwhile, the album was last year’s biggest-selling album in the US. And it was last year’s biggest-selling record in the UK with 2.5 million copies.
  3. Put another way, 25 was bigger than Call of Duty and Jurassic World.
  4. The last time I checked, Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” was at #9 on the British singles charts. We’ll see where it finishes when the charts close for the week on Thursday night.
  5. YouTube generated $9 billion in revenue in 2015. That’s a lot.
  6. Let’s take a look at the rise of streaming in the UK vs. a collapse in download sales.
  7. Twitter has invested in a headphone manufacturer. It’s not like Apple buying Beats, but it’s still interesting. What are their plans?
  8. Toyota and Ford want other manufacturers to join them so the industry get together with on Google and Apple when it comes to the future of the dashboard. Here’s more on the subject.
  9. Why don’t more people remember Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott?
  10. There’s some interesting Jack White material–including some pre-White Stripes stuff–available now at Third Man Records.
  11. Is this Canadian kid the world’s youngest DJ? (Via Tom)
  12. Let’s check up and see how the Beatles are doing on Spotify.
  13. This LCD Soundsystem reunion is being designed to stick–or so says James Murphy. (Via Pamela Chelin)
  14. Bell Media announced a new deal with streaming service iHeartRadio.
  15. Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen has been arrested for assault and harassment.
  16. The drummer for the Rollins Band has died of prostate cancer.
  17. And speaking of deaths, the Beatles’ “brothel keeper” is gone.

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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