Random Music News for Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Woke up in Nashville again. The amount of meat and fat available to the average person around here is mind-boggling. How many calories are in a tablespoon of sausage gravy, anyway? Damn, though, it’s good.

Let’s discuss some music news for Tuesday, February 8.

  1. The BBC has launched some boring podcasts–and they’re so proud of them that they’re actually called The Boring Talks.
  2. Hint: Don’t flash your junk when you’re walking a red carpet.
  3. Canadian album sales and streams vs. this time last year: Total albums, -25.5%; digital albums, -16.6%; digital tracks, -16.7%; physical albums, -31-1%; CDs, -35%; vinyl, +29.7%; streaming, +61.4%.
  4. Bruno Mars 24K Magic got a 308% sales boost for physical versions after his Grammy wins. That sounds impressive until you realize the boosted total is just 22,000 copies.
  5. Paul Simon is the latest performer to say one more tour and he’s done.
  6. Charlie Walk, the Republic Records executive caught up in some serious #MeToo allegations, had this to say.
  7. Prince fans are pissed at Justin Timberlake for his halftime performance. Here’s why.
  8. Damon Albarn has now been accused of cultural appropriation. Discuss.
  9. Ndugu Chancler, the drummer on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” drummer, has died.
  10. This rare John Coltrane record is up for sale. Any takers? Only $19,000 USD.
  11. Here’s a list of dead music stars with unreleased music we may never get to hear.
  12. Rumour is that AC/DC is going to continue recording and touring with Axl Rose. Thoughts?
  13. Have we reached peak smartphone growth? Maybe.
  14. I wonder what Kurt Cobain would have thought about that Super Bowl commercial that featured a lullaby version of “All Apologies?”
  15. Jimmy Fallon channelled Bob Dylan to call out Donald Trump.
  16. This is a pretty brutal review of David Duchovny’s new album.
  17. People are planning vacations around this attraction that offers Klingon opera. You heard me.

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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