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 indie and label artists who use social networking to spread the word about their music: Facebook has added a “Listen” button next to the “Like” button on musicians’ Facebook pages. By clicking “Listen,” fans will automatically be redirected to whatever music streaming app they have associated with their FB account (Spotify or Mog, for example), to listen to the artist instantly. Not only does this give the artist added exposure, but it throws a few extra bucks in their pockets for streaming royalties. (A great incentive to get your music online, if you haven’t already…)
AFTERMATH OF AXL ROSE AND THE WHOLE NOT-SHOWING-UP-TO-THE-ROCK-HALL-OF-FAME-INDUCTION FIASCO
Last weekend’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony might go down in the books as the induction least-attended by the inductees. Rod Stewart was sick and missed his induction (for the second time); The Beastie Boys declined to perform because Adam Yauch could not attend (presumably in recovery from cancer); and then there was Axl Rose, whose highly publicized snub of Guns N’ Roses induction drew audible boos from the crowd in attendance. (As it turns out, Red Hot Chili Peppers were the only inductees who were able to perform without stand-ins.)
Be that as it may, for what it’s worth, Axl Rose followed up this week with an apology to Cleveland fans, not for the no-show, but for not apologizing to them earlier for failing to grace them with his presence. (Huh?) And then he proceeded to thank the fans for their overwhelming support of his decision not to attend. (HUH?)
I’ll leave you to try and figure that out. I certainly can’t.
COACHELLA, WEEK TWO…
It’s the second weekend of Coachella, the ever-popular music and arts festival in Indio, California. This weekend’s lineup includes sets from the Shins, Kasabian, David Guetta, Radiohead, Manchester Orchestra, Fitz & the Tantrums, Kaiser Chiefs…aw, heck, way too many to name. For those (like me) who couldn’t go, last weekend Coachella was good enough to stream live video from many of the sets on their YouTube channel. This weekend, there is NO live streaming; however, they’ve posted videos of some of the hottest performances. I’ve posted a couple of these below, just to whet your whistle.
That’s it for this week’s edition. Have a fantastic weekend.