Random Music News for Tuesday, April 11, 2017

One more sleep until the playoffs! And when was the last time we saw this many Canadian teams in the hunt? (Of course, my Winnipeg Jets have let me down–again.) And now, some music news for April 11.

  1. We can expect a new Queens of the Stone Age album June-ish. An album is definitely coming.
  2. Coachella apparently turned down a chance to book Kate Bush.
  3. Janet Jackson has split from her husband three months after she gave birth to twins…
  4. …and Mariah Carey is back on the market. Buh-bye Bryan Tanaka.
  5. Troy Carter, Lady Gaga’s old manager, has been appointed an advisor to Prince’s estate.
  6. Radio advertising works. This proves it.
  7. Physical album sales in Canada are down 5.7% from last year while digital album sales are down by 23%. Vinyl is running 2.1% ahead of this point last year. Meanwhile, music streaming numbers are 87% stronger than 2016.
  8. Another rough week for physical music sales in the US. Mastodon’s Emperor of Sand debuted at #1 with sales of just 41,000 copies.
  9. Ian McShane (Al Swearingen from Deadwood) is going to play Dr. Dre. Wait–what?
  10. Hugh Dillion says there’s a new Headstones album coming soon.
  11. A Gorillaz TV show? Looks like it.
  12. Maybe the music industry isn’t in better shape after all.
  13. Remember that experiment to create a smokeable record out of hash oil? How’s that going? Here’s an update.
  14. Michael Buble’s young son, who is suffering from cancer, is doing better.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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