Random Music News for Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I just heard that my favourite sci-fi novel (actually, it’s part of a trilogy) of the last two decades, The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, is being made into a movie. How the hell are they going to do that? And now, the music news for May 30.

  1. Canadian music and streaming stats of the week: Overall album sales are down 17% from this point last year, led lower by digital albums, which are at -25% for tye year. The shine has come off vinyl, too, with sales running 11% cooler from 2016. Meanwhile, on-demand audio streams are stronger by 90%.
  2. Ever wonder how an audiobook is recorded? Like this.
  3. More evidence that Trump supporters aren’t going to like the new Roger Waters tour.
  4. If you speed in Brazil, your penalty is that you must listen to the worst radio on earth.
  5. Thought-provoking article: “What Happens When We Starve Our Artists.”
  6. What makes the perfect karaoke song?
  7. William Shatner plans to record a Christmas album this year. Oh, and he wants to be on The Voice.
  8. This upcoming Grateful Dead documentary is so good that people say it’ll turn everyone into Deadheads.
  9. Tidal has lost its third CEO.
  10. This is a fun playlist: A chronological journey through music technology. (Via Andrew)
  11. An anti-Osama bin Laden song brought police out to this party.
  12. These veterans are using music to help with PTSD.
  13. Happy 25th birthday to the Apple Newton! It was a horrible device, but it changed everything.
  14. Remembering how the Beatles swept the singles chart in 1964.
  15. And okay, so maybe some people aren’t that crazy about the effect the Beatles Sgt. Pepper had…
  16. This room is so quiet that you can hear your bones grind together.

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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