Random Music News for Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Canada’s back at work today–mostly–while America has the day off. Yet there’s still music news for July 4…

  1. Justin Bieber is touring the UK with his own personal Jacuzzi.
  2. Meanwhile, one of his shoes has its own Instagram account.
  3. Weekly Canadian music sales (all numbers vs. this point last year): Physical albums, -12.3%; digital albums, -24.7%; digital tracks, -19.9%; vinyl, -3.1%. Streaming? Up 86.6%.
  4. Seven ways music stars have blown huge fortunes.
  5. There will be drug testing at the Reading and Leeds festivals this year, but it’s not what you think. People will be able to see if the drugs they’re taking are safe.
  6. Britney Spears caused some trouble in Israel.
  7. Hundreds of books owned by the late Warren Zevon are going to be sold.
  8. Who stole Liam Gallagher’s parkas at Glastonbury?
  9. Speaking of Glastonbury, organizers are facing criticism for exploiting foreign workers.
  10. Oh, Jay-Z
  11. Meanwhile, he and Beyonce have trademarked the names of their new twins.
  12. Kanye West says he’s done with exclusive album deals with streaming services.
  13. This is the most expensive standard mobile phone at the moment–and it’s not an iPhone.
  14. Kraftwerk is working on a 9.1 Dolby ATMOS system. That should sound interesting.
  15. Can noise make you infertile? Maybe.
  16. Why are video game scores so big in concert halls these days?
  17. Remember when they made music videos that cost $1 million? Here’s an example.
  18. A look at the history of Walk Off the Earth.
  19. And the latest musical couple to break up is…

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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