Random Music News for Monday, April 11, 2016

On this day in 1970, Apollo 13 was launched at 13:13 CST. Triskaidekaphobia, anyone? And now, the music news….

  1. The Much Music Video Awards are dead. Now it’s the iHeartRadio MMVAs.
  2. Vladimir Putin isn’t worried about the Panama Papers. He says anything involving him just features his friend “buying musical instruments.”
  3. Drake’s upcoming album, Views from the 6, will be exclusive to Apple at first. Take that, Spoitfy.
  4. Why streaming is heading for an “identity crisis.”
  5. Can you whistle like this? Not even close, probably.
  6. Tony Conrad, the avant-garde filmmaker and composer, has died at 76.
  7. RIP Nadine Gelineau, a Canadian who made a difference the music business.
  8. Will we get a new Metallica album this year? It’s now very possible.
  9. Sorry, Smiths fans, this Twitter account isn’t anything to get excited about. Nothing to see here.
  10. Meanwhile, here’s another example of how Morrissey is regarded as a god in Mexico.
  11. Following Bruce Springsteen’s cancellation of a show in North Carolina over a new LGBT law, Bryan Adam has done the same in Mississippi.
  12. As of Friday, Canadian music sales (albums and singles, physical and digital) are pacing 21.5% behind where they were this time last year…
  13. …while vinyl on its own is up 25.5%.
  14. Remember that controversial mural of Kanye kissing himself? Its creator has destroyed it.

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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