Random Music News for Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ugh. Snow. Lots of it. I say again: Ugh. Oh, and happy (merry?) Pi Day. And now, the music news…

  1. Canadian album sales are pacing at -12.4% this year, with the biggest problem digital albums (-26%). Meanwhile, vinyl is at +7.6% over last year–nice, but growth has slowed quite a bit. On-demand audio streams are up 99.3%.
  2. Attention Nickelback haters: The band’s 2005 album, All the Right Reasons, has been certified Diamond (i.e. sales of 10 million copies in America) by the RIAA.
  3. Do NOT ask this guy for an Amy Winehouse tattoo.
  4. George Michael’s mansion will go to his sister.
  5. Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales and Jarvis Cocker of Pulp have a new project–and it’s kinda weird.
  6. I have a Sonos system and I love it. If you have one, read this.
  7. Footage of the Beatles from 1958 has emerged.
  8. A new Russian art exhibit includes prawn sex.
  9. Metallica is taking a hip hop artist–DJ Mixmaster Mike–on the road with them this year.
  10. Jack White has Bob Dylan painted on his bowling bowl. Wait–what?
  11. Here’s another look at Anchor, which claims to be on the road to reinventing the radio format. (Via Andrew)
  12. This is a summary of awkward stage entrances (And yes, U2’s lemon is mentioned).
  13. A Madonna stalker is suing the NYPD for $5 million. Here’s why.
  14. Strike Sigur Ros from Donald Trump’s iPod.
  15. Facebook is annoying Ed Sheeran because it keeps taking down fan covers of his songs.
  16. Tuning your brain like a radio for a better memory.

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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