The new superstar-backed streaming service Tidal is unveiled to a largely skeptical public, rapper and Academy Award winner Common gets axed from college commencement speech over 15-year-old song and Obama-basher Ted Nugent calls Al Sharpton a "racist mongrel" to get attention.
Country fans call for a boycott of radio stations that play the new Little Big Town single after mistaking it for an ode to lesbianism, news that Sasha Baron Cohen will helm a Queen biopic gets instantly quashed by Queen guitarist and Ted Cruz says Rock was cool but after 9/11 Country became cooler.
Streaming music gets a boost from a pair of odd viral videos, the Innocent Un-plugged fest in the U.K. goes off the grid and Record Store Day attracts critics who says it's become 'just another event in the annual music industry circus."
Beats Music gets a PR leg up on Spotify when an independent musician reveals significantly higher per-stream payouts from the Apple-owned service. Plus, a mom in Illinois shoots up her TV while her kids try to enjoy some Primus and McDonald's gets off on the wrong foot during its first official foray into SXSW, then backtracks and offers to actually pay showcasing artists.
The International Federation of the
Phonographic Industry announced that, starting this summer, all countries will put out new releases on Fridays, a survey found that a quarter of iOS users who listened to music in January listened to U2 and researchers develop music specifically for our feline friends.
Despite overall decline, stats show that World music album sales grew more than any other genre in 2014, Slint guitarist David Pajo gets a life-saving assist from fans on the Internet and a new study suggests older people are overly distracted when listening to music while working on other tasks.
After Kanye West's latest Grammys outburst, Beyonce fans attack Beck's Wikipedia page, Jack White's rider is revealed in a college newspaper (to his dismay) and Taylor Swift's lawyers are going after true criminals — Etsy crafters who use her lyrics in their artwork.
Music legend Sly Stone wins big in a lawsuit against his former business associates, who he accused of bilking him out of millions in royalties, schmaltzy Smooth Jazz saxophonist Kenny G says you can thank him for the invention of Starbucks' Frappuccino and Hip Hop group Migos becomes the joke of the Internet for a few days after posing for a photo op after donating a "giant check" to an Atlanta high school for a whopping $1,000.
Several top music venues in the U.K. have decided to ban "selfie sticks" at concerts, breaking the hearts of the country's narcissistic music lovers. Plus, a Wisconsin radio station bans all Seattle-spawned music from its playlist to help the Packers get to the Super Bowl (whoops!) and the mild comeback of the cassette as a music format continues, with Disney getting in on the action.
The website skyrange.net makes you feel worse about your paycheck by breaking down how much music's highest earners made per second, engineers working on Neil Young's PonoMusic reportedly question whether the "high definition" sound is any better than CD-quality and, with no original members, Soft Rock champs Little River Band get the axe from a Tonight Show appearance after former members complain.
After Kanye collab, a bunch of people jokingly ask, "Who is Paul McCartney?" triggering more than a few freak-outs, They Might Be Giants restart its Dial-A-Song project, where fans can call a number (or use other tech) to hear a new tune every day and a royalty collections company wants a Swedish car rental company to pay for having radios in its cars.
Thom Yorke's music distribution experiment finds its way to Bandcamp, unreleased Bob Marley music and video footage is slated for release in 2015 and a singer who was negotiating to have her song included in The Interview broke off negotiations and is now suing after the filmmakers used the song anyway.
Russia bands the album artwork and (Russian translated) lyrics of Death Metal giants Cannibal Corpse; we touchdown on comet, Aerosmith's Spotify streams increase; Pomplamoose band members does something slightly shady.
Metal band Dokken turned down a chance to be in a commercial with a chicken … until they heard how much money they'd make. Plus, Bono is having some serious transportation issues, causing U2 to cancel its week-long residency on The Tonight Show and a pair of controversial corporations — Uber and Spotify — join forces to potentially annoy the hell out of Uber drivers.