Random Music News for Tuesday, May 24, 2016

On a plane all day flying back from Asia. This will be the longest I’ve been offline in months, which makes me anxious. Is that wrong? Good thing I finished up filing music news before I left.

  1. If you know the rules of Eurovision, you might have wondered how the song from Ukraine was allowed in the competition. Now there’s a dispute.
  2. Bandcamp is doing really, really well. It grew by 35% last year.
  3. If you love vintage synths, take a look at the new Minimoog Model D.
  4. Here’s a look at why old media is in trouble. It’s the culture, man.
  5. This radio station is digitizing its entire record collection. Wow, what a project.
  6. Speaking of records, Canadian Vinyl sales are still pacing 39% ahead of last year.
  7. Great article on “the dark art of mastering music.”
  8. Streams now account for the equivalent of 27% of music sales in the UK.
  9. Adele’s new record deal is worth $130 million.
  10. Why is the music industry at war with YouTube? This explains everything
  11. …and this goes a little deeper into how Silicon Valley regards music.
  12. How to scam Siri into playing your songs on Apple Music.
  13. A whole whack of cool rock’n’roll memorabilia was auctioned off over the weekend for big, big money. And then there was the Ramones sale
  14. Facebook gets deeper into virtual reality audio.

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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