Random music news for Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Random music news for Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Chris Brown: Once a thug, always a thug (Via Steve)
If you have a smart speaker, you do not want this parrot. Want an ultra-rare drum machine? Yep. Go here. There will be an auction of Prince memorabilia. Here’s what happened. “Pulling a Kanye.”
On that topic, Princes Harry and William have joined Lady Gaga on a mental health campaign. If you can speak more than one language, you might be able to hear sounds differently than those who don’t. New survey: 71% of all UK vinyl sales go to a small number of superfans. Remember how that Norwegian newspaper claimed that Tidal was inflating streaming numbers for Beyonce and Kanye West? But what have the Royals ever done for the arts? Spotify is still in the lead, but Apple is catching up. The time when Keith Richards got rid of Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Courtney Barnett demonstrated that she knows how to deal with trolls. People are really pissed at Tidal. El Al of Israel began flying a turboprop airliner from New York to Heathrow in London. Apple Music says it has now passed 50 million subscribers. You know what could be good for your mental health? Are you ready to start talking about new iPhone models? Slash’s video game music? The first regularly-scheduled transatlantic airline flight began on this date in 1951. That new Arctic Monkeys album is selling well, innit? Factoid: the average American listens to 32 hours of music a week. Damon Albarn almost did something very silly with the master tape of a Gorillaz album. Too bad. There are now some investigations into its practices. A bunch of Norwegian artists are now suing over this. Gotta be some good stuff here. At that rate, it would take 1,600 years to listen to all the songs on Spotify. Check out this opinion. Russian trolls attacked American teenage girls’ computers with a botnet called FaceMusic. No? And when it comes to music news for May 16, 2018…

The concept of awarding a “gold record” turns 60 this week.