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Music News Week in Review: April 21 Edition

It’s been a busy week in music news, both good and bad. While today is Record Store Day (so you should go and buy some), the music industry is also haunted this weekend by the passing of legends Dick Clark and Levon Helm. Beyond those major headlines, here are a few additional tidbits you might have overlooked.   FACEBOOK ADDS “LISTEN” BUTTON This could be an added bonus for both […]

Fifth Annual Record Store Day is Saturday, April 21

Independent record store owners, unite! Or something like that. This Saturday, April 21, 2012, is Record Store Day—a day to celebrate and support independent record stores, as well as to honor our musical heritage in general. Now in its fifth year, from its humble beginnings in 2008 at Rasputin Records in Mountain View, CA, Record Store Day has grown into an international phenomenon, with hundreds of exclusive record store releases […]

Dick Clark Passes Away at 82

Many of us never thought it would happen. The “world’s oldest teenager,” Dick Clark, has died. He was 82. Despite declining health (and suffering a stroke eight years ago), Clark’s death was unexpected and sudden. He reportedly suffered a massive heart attack last night after an outpatient medical procedure at a Los Angeles hospital. His passing has sent shockwaves through the industry, resulting in an overwhelming flood of gratitude and […]

Age of the Single?

Has the record industry entered the “age of the single?” The statistics seem to suggest as much. No doubt the news about record sales this week is going to fuel conversation among industry insiders. Last week’s album sales reached a 12-year low, according to Music Week: down 27.62 percent week-on-week, and down 23.19 percent from this time last year. Nevertheless, surprisingly and ironically, overall music sales are UP, compared to […]

Rod Stewart Pulls the Plug on Faces Reunion at Hall of Fame Ceremony

Boy, howdy…the drama just doesn’t want to quit at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. After Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose’s public snubbing of the ceremony earlier this week, Rod Stewart is the latest bloke to say he’s not coming—dashing fans’ hopes of a true Faces reunion show at tonight’s festivities in Cleveland. Okay, so this time there’s not quite as much drama as Axl’s […]

Watch Coachella 2012 Live on YouTube—Well, Some of It, Anyway

If you didn’t get to make it out to this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival (like me), there’s still a chance for you to catch at least some of the action. Coachella will be live streaming shows on YouTube all this weekend, April 13-15. Just go to their YouTube channel and get on board. For those who have been living under a rock, Coachella is one of the nation’s […]

Music News Week In Review: April 13 Edition

The “Music News Week in Review” is a new MIMO feature in which we recap some of the top music news headlines that you need to know about, but which may or may not need a blog post of their own. This week’s recap is filled with drama, excitement, murder, love triangles…okay, well, some drama, anyhow. Here are some of the top music stories from the week:   ROCK AND […]

Axl Rose Rejects Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

After all these years, it would appear that the drama surrounding rock band Guns N’ Roses is still three feet deep and three miles wide. In an open letter published on the GNR website, Axl Rose has stated that he will not attend this weekend’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland (which would have likely included a reunion performance with former members of GNR). No real surprise […]

“The Voice”: A New Contender in the Talent Show Wars?

Move over, American Idol. Watch out, DWTS. (What’s X-Factor, again?) The Voice, last year’s “dark horse” amid the flurry of television talent shows, is seeing a real surge in popularity these days, dominating not only the competition, but the ratings in general, propelling NBC to the top in recent days. The Voice is seeing lots of new viewers, many of them migrating over from Idol (now in its 11th season). […]

Why the Industry Can’t Ignore Spotify and Other Streaming Services

Why the Industry Can’t Ignore Spotify (and Other Streaming Services)

Spotify, the social-based online music streaming service, is rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Since its arrival in the United States, it has rapidly passed up other streaming services like MOG —and does anyone even remember Pandora?—and the inclusion of numerous specialty apps with the program is only adding to Spotify’s versatility. And Spotify has even bigger plans. They recently went on record saying they want to be known […]

Academy Of Country Music Awards 2012 Recap: Highlights and Not-So-Highlights

On Sunday night, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) held its 47th annual awards show—country music’s biggest night. Well—at least until the CMA Awards next fall. Anyhow, it was Nashville’s biggest night—oh, wait, the ACMs are in Las Vegas. Anyway, it was big. The ACM Awards, broadcast live on CBS, had several high points, some not-so-high points, and few surprises overall. Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire reprised their roles as […]

How Did Guns N’ Roses “Greatest Hits” Break the Top 10? Oh—THAT’S How

How Did Guns N’ Roses “Greatest Hits” Break the Top 10? Oh—THAT’S How

If you just look at the Billboard charts in late March, you’d think fans simply haven’t had enough of Guns N’ Roses yet. Their Greatest Hits CD recently hit the Number 3 spot for record sales, according to the Billboard 200 chart. What? How the h-e-double-hockey-sticks does a band top the charts with a greatest hits compilation? But look a little deeper, and you’ll find out how. (And you’ll also find […]

OurLabel: An Innovative Concept in Fan Funding

OurLabel: An Innovative Concept in Fan Funding

Well, I suppose it was going to happen sooner or later. With crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter growing exponentially in popularity, OurLabel in Chicago is taking the natural “next step” by creating a record label based entirely on fan funding. The site is still in beta stage, so it’s likely there will be kinks to be worked out, but the short version of the concept is that where other crowd funding sites only […]

Bruce Springsteen Is The Boss of SXSW 2012

Bruce Springsteen Is The Boss of SXSW 2012

“And when you walk onstage tonight to bring the noise, treat it like it’s all we have. And then remember it’s only rock ‘n’ roll.”—Bruce Springsteen, SXSW keynote address Lots of things are going well for Bruce Springsteen these days. Not only did his new release Wrecking Ball recently topple Adele from her long-standing run atop the Billboard Top 200, but The Boss’s presence literally dominated this year’s SXSW conference in Austin, […]

Legend Bob Dylan Reportedly Preparing 35th Studio Release

Legend Bob Dylan Reportedly Preparing 35th Studio Release

The Guardian recently reported that singer/songwriter legend Bob Dylan, 70, is currently recording his 35th studio album in Los Angeles, and that the record could hit store shelves as early as late 2012. Never at a loss for creativity, and always eager to explore new directions, Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer Dylan is rumored to be collaborating with David Hidalgo of Los Lobos on the new record, which is likely to have […]