Random Music News for Tuesday, June 21, 2016

It’s hot. The dogs refuse to move off the air conditioning vents in the house. And now, in music news…

  1. What a miserable week for album sales in the US. Nick Jonas’ Last Year Was Complicated debuted at #1 with physical sales of just 47,000 copies.
  2. With Iron Maiden’s tour at an end, the band sadly returns Ed Force One to the company from which this 747-400 was leased.
  3. Spotify claims 100 million users worldwide. How big can they grow?
  4. Led Zeppelin earned $60 million over the last five years. No wonder they didn’t take the bait for the Desert Trip concerts.
  5. If you’re in the radio business like me, you’ll be fascinated in this article: “Can You Work Out Listener Figures from Social Media?”
  6. A good question: How much is Drake worth to the city of Toronto? Hint: A lot.
  7. On a related note, look how much  music tourism is worth to the UK economy. Wow.
  8. Are you using Auto Shazam? It’s big and getting bigger.
  9. Marilyn Manson is getting deeper into acting. Watch him a trailer for a film called Let Me Make You a Martyr.
  10. David Crosby has settled a lawsuit over a jogger accident for $3 million.
  11. Anyone wanna see Carly Rae Jepson appear in a Japanese shampoo commercial?
  12. Yes, this story on sand sculptures has something to do with music.
  13. This might come in handy: How to do your makeup like Bowie.
  14. Police reports make Michael Jackson appear like some sex-and-drugs predator.
  15. Well, this is an interesting interpretation of guitar technology.
  16. And if you were ever a fan of the Disney movie Aladdin, listen to this.

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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