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Random Music News for Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I’d never heard of mixed doubles curling before last weekend. Amazing how it suddenly mattered when Canada was in contention for a gold, huh? And now music news for February 13, 2018.

  1. Canadian albums sales vs. this time last year: Total albums, -27.6%; digital albums, -17.2%; physical albums, -33.8%; CDs, -37.7%; digital tracks, – 17.5%; vinyl, 28.8%; streaming, +60.7%.
  2. The Unison Benevolent Fund does good work for musicians in need in Canada. Read about what they do here.
  3. Prince’s family has been denied data acquired by investigators into his death. I wonder why?
  4. Kendrick Lamar is the latest performer to ban cell phones from his performances. (UPDATE: No, it’s just pro photographers.)
  5. Birds sing in their sleep. Who knew?
  6. Facebook has a Snapchat problem.
  7. Looking to hire a music PR person? Read this first.
  8. This guy was disappointed that he got tickets to a Red Hot Chili Pipers concert. Go back and read that sentence again and you’ll see the problem. (Via Dave)
  9. Metallica’s James Hetfield is going to appear in a movie about serial killer Ted Bundy.
  10. Here’s an interesting discussion of the origins of the song “House of the Rising Sun.” (Via Iaian)
  11. What music tech professionals would like to tell their 18-year-old selves.
  12. Ed Sheeran may have a gig singing at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
  13. Pharell Williams has been sued over a website that it’s friendly to the blind.
  14. Well, this isn’t the reaction that organizers of the Reading and Leeds Festivals expected when they announced the lineups for 2018.
  15. Fight about this: Are these the 100 best heavy songs of all time?
  16. Mark E. Smith’s family says he died from an inoperable cancer of the lungs and kidney.


Alan Cross

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