Random music news for Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Bono is really, really worried about the existence of the UN, the EU, and NATO. Creating a website for your band? At the Disco sold 150,000 physical copies of their Pray for the Wicked album in its first week on sale in the US. Has Tupac’s murder been solved? Worried about being surveilled by facial recognition software? This. RIP singer-songwriter Richard Swift, who worked with the Black Keys and The Shins. Looks like no one wanted to play Donald Trump’s 4th of July event. And then there’s this #MeToo issue about Russell Simmons that just won’t go away. A 52-room mansion with its own strip club? ICP and the Juggalos have it all figured out. this time last year: Total albums, -17.1%; digital albums, -22.1%; physical albums, -13.8%; CDs, -18.7%; vinyl, +70.2%, streaming, +53.2% (1.199 billion streams). Quite the spread, no? Let’s reflect on the release of Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run 40 years later. What’s it about? Trent Reznor’s Bad Witch finished second with, er, 26,000 copies. Want to turn down the volume on the world? Read this first. Netflix has ordered a music-based romantic drama called Mixtape. Wait–what? A climate change mural inspired by…Wu-Tang? But the world doesn’t stop for your Independence Day, so here’s music news for July 4, 2108. This is an interesting approach to turntable technology. Maybe. A Trump tweet in 3…2…1…
Spotify users: “ENOUGH WITH THE DRAKE ALREADY!“
Meanwhile, Apple Music is seeing some serious user engagement thanks to Drizzy. Fiddy likes it, but he’s disappointed with the low price. These earbuds will do it. What is this rape case involving the Backstreet Boys that everyone keeps ignoring? Canadian music sales last week vs. What are the most popular iOS apps of all time? Happy birthday, ‘Merica. Here’s a list. Yep. Panic! Meat Loaf is going on tour, but he’s outsourcing his singing to someone else. It looks like Facebook offered up more user data than they initially told us. That’s pretty good these days. No, Dave Grohl doesn’t want to play for Rush.
Random music news for Wednesday, July 4, 2018