Random music news for Tuesday, July 10, 2018

There are now 436 million paying subscribers across five of the largest distributors of digital music and video content globally (Spotify, Apple Music, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Tencent). Okay, this is dumb: Blockchain meets Fifty Shades of Grey. I think I speak for all of us with gross feet: men in opened-toed sandals anywhere but at the beach is a bad idea. Here’s more proof. It was 20 years ago that the Barenaked Ladies started the second act of their career with the release of “One Week.”
A contact inside CERN (as in the Large Hadron Collider) says that Jack White was there to celebrate his birthday. Can a mega-gig ever be properly successful? Read this. More K-pop. And now, music news for July 10, 2018

Canadian music sales and streams last week vs. this time last year: Total albums, -16,9%; digital albums, -24.2%; physical albums, -11.9%; CDs, -16.5%; digital tracks, -21.9%; vinyl, +66%; streaming, +61.4% (1.195 billion streams)
This new deal with Universal shows that the Rolling Stones don’t plan to go anywhere for a while. Fun: A map of pirate radio stations in Brooklyn. Take this quiz on the health benefits of music. (Via Jack)
A fan of Blur? Meanwhile, the rest of the music industry appears pretty bullish about how things are going these days. Here’s a look inside guitarist Graham Coxon’s studio. If you care.
Random music news for Tuesday, July 10, 2018