After a hiatus of a couple of weeks, the Music News Week in Review feature is back! Did you miss us?
Anyhow…here are a few straggling music news headlines you might have missed from the past week.
RIHANNA TOPS UK CHART, BUT IT’S NOT ALL THAT
NME reported this week that Rihanna’s latest effort Talk That Talk topped the UK Album Chart, booting Conor Maynard from the top spot—but it’s not much to write home about. In fact, Rihanna had to sell just over 9500 copies to take that spot—a record low “top sales” number in twelve years. While summer is typically a low time of year for record sales, this summer’s sales have been remarkably dismal. Industry executives hope that fall will bring a turnaround to the record sales market, as numerous big-name bands and artists have releases planned.
REPUBLICANS APPARENTLY JUST CAN’T GET MUSICIANS TO LIKE THEM
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney (and newly appointed running mate Paul Ryan) can’t seem to catch a break with the musical artist crowd—or at least the cool ones. This week, both candidates on the ticket received embarrassing snubs from big name artists. Silversun Pickups sent a cease-and-desist order demanding that the Romney camp stop using their hit “Panic Switch” as part of the campaign. And in response to Paul Ryan’s admission that he was a fan of Rage Against the Machine, guitarist Tom Morello from the band wrote a scathing op-ed this week in Rolling Stone, claiming Ryan is the “embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.” It begs the question: whose music can they use? I suppose they might find Ted Nugent or Hank Williams, Jr. to be a bit more friendly to the cause, but it’s doubtful the Romney/Ryan camp is banging down either of those doors…
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL EXPAND TO TWO WEEKENDS NEXT YEAR
One would normally expect a long-standing institution like Austin City Limits to shrink over time, rather than grow; however, the annual festival hosted by the long-running live music television show has been approved by the Austin City Council to expand from one weekend to two, starting in 2013. This marks the second major music festival in recent history to expand to two weekends (Coachella went to the double-weekend format earlier this year). This year’s Austin City Limits festival is slated for Oct. 12-14, and will mark the ten-year anniversary for the festival.
That’s it for this weekend’s edition of Music News Week in Review. Have a great weekend!