Random Music News for Tuesday, August 9, 2016

I miss Brian Williams giving us updates on the time in Newfoundland during Olympic coverage. That was…comforting. Anyone else? And now, some music news.

  1. Will Green Day’s new album be called Revolution Radio? Maybe.
  2. Billy Talent’s Afraid of Heights becomes the third Canadian record to debut at #1 in Canada with a sales figure of 10,000 (which includes sales and stream-equivalents.)
  3. Canadian physical album sales are down 20.9% year-to-date. Digital albums are down by 25.9%. Vinyl? Up by 35.6%.
  4. More noise about there not being an 0ld-style headphone jack on the iPhone 7.
  5. Don’t ever tell Corey Taylor of Slipknot that metal fans are less intelligent that those into other forms of music.
  6. Here are some new basses inspired by Lemmy from Motorhead.
  7. This is a tour after-party that sounds…different. Nice idea, Gary Numan. (Via Larry)
  8. Here’s a musician who has managed to build his entire career on streaming. Are there some lessons here?
  9. Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider is a grandfather. His granddaughter was born on an LA freeway. Wait–what?
  10. Marilyn Manson, surgeon. Again: Wait–what?
  11. Okay, so the story about a new NIN single was a hoax. We get itt.
  12. The Simpsons’ first-ever hour-long episode will have a hip hop storyline.
  13. Snoop Dogg will host a cooking show with Martha Stewart.
  14. Some fun and weird facts about Matt Bellamy of Muse.
  15. You know what’s become a problem with music festivals this summer? Outbreaks of measles. Thank you, anti-vaxxers.
  16. Great list! The shortest singles to ever reach #1 on the charts.

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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