Random Music News for Thursday, January 18, 2018

Just 63 days until spring. Hold onto that thought. Now some music news for Thursday, January 18, 2018.

  1. Here’s a fascinating analysis of where music went in Canada in 2017. Want to know why so many radio stations seem to sound the same now? Read it.
  2. A concert ticket-buying bot company says they’re actually GOOD for Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster begs to differ. Loudly.
  3. Trent Reznor has had to get a restraining order against his neighbour.
  4. It’s official: U2 will perform at the Grammys.
  5. This upcoming documentary on Johnny Cash looks good.
  6. Do you have satellite radio in your vehicle? Check out what SiriusXM has planned for some Chrysler vehicles very soon.
  7. There is now officially a generation gap in hip-hop. “Dad rap” is now a thing.
  8. The music business is struggling with a post-Weinstein world. As it should. There are plenty of sins for which to atone.
  9. Here are your top-grossing North American tours in 2017.
  10. The man who took a famous picture of John Lennon with his killer has died.
  11. How do the Japanese keep their trains from colliding with deer on the tracks? By having the trains snort and bark at them.
  12. Remember Gotye’s big song “Somebody I Used to Know?” It took six years, but it’s finally hit 1 billion views on YouTube.
  13. And speaking of Gotye, there’s this.
  14. Glastonbury headliners ranked from worst to best.
  15. Have you noticed ads in some Spotify playlists? This is pissing off some people.
  16. Wait: You mean that ABBA might come back?
  17. If you’re in a band looking for press, read this for a few tips on how to do it right.
  18. Derek Smalls–yes, the bass player from Spinal Tap–is going on tour. (Via Tom)

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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