Don McLean says modern music ‘doesn’t mean anything’

Don McLean, the man behind the smash hit “American Pie,” dislikes modern music, arguing that it reflects the “nihilistic” nature of Western society. The 74-year-old folk rocker made the remarks during an interview (seemingly shot around Christmastime, but only uploaded this month) with Tom Cridland on Cridland’s “Greatest Music of All Time” YouTube program. I watched […]

Taylor Swift accused of promoting ‘anti-Semitic conspiracy theories’

Taylor Swift is being accused of “anti-Semitism” after she used Instagram to lash out at her former record label for making an album of a live radio performance she did when she was 18. As she sees it, the “tasteless” new release was motivated by “shameless greed.” “I’m always honest with you guys about this […]

Rolling Stones release Covid-themed single (sort of)

For the first time in eight years, the Rolling Stones have released new music. The song, “Living in a Ghost Town,” is a howling, apocalyptic lamentation that speaks to the current times, wherein people are isolated and whole industries (including live music) are fighting to keep their heads above water, though there is still Equipment Hunt […]

Roger Waters hammers Trump, Biden, American Exceptionalism, and Pink Floyd reunions

If you know Roger Waters, you know that he doesn’t shy away from expressing his political views. From supporting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (who is stuck in a prison in London as he fights extradition to the United States) to calling UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson an “oaf and a complete buffoon,” Waters doesn’t like […]

Apple has a handwashing music app

As you may or may not have heard, washing your hands is pretty important right now. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you should wash them: Before, during, and after preparing food Before eating food Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea Before and after treating a cut or wound After using the toilet […]

Music venues combine forces as they fight to survive the coronavirus lockdown

We may be social distancing and sheltering in place to soften the sting of the coronavirus—which as of this writing has infected over 2.7 million people and killed over 190,000 worldwide—but we’re also banding together and organising in new and interesting ways. As economies and industries around the world continue to tank, people are beginning […]

Beastie Boys: No band without MCA

Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, the surviving members of the Beastie Boys, have been making the rounds in support of Beastie Boys Story, an upcoming documentary film directed by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Her). In a recent interview with LL Cool J on his Rock the Bells Radio show, Mike D […]

Apple Music now streaming in 167 countries

Apple is taking over the world. On Tuesday the tech giant announced it is expanding its global footprint by introducing services to numerous markets throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and other regions. The expanded services include Apple Music, App Store, Apple Podcasts, Apple Arcade, and iCloud. The biggest enlargement is Apple Music, which is […]

Sonos rolls out music streaming service

Audio equipment manufacturer Sonos has unveiled its own streaming service—Sonos Radio. Over 60,000 stations can be streamed, many of them without ads. Included are stations available through iHeartRadio and TuneIn, as well as Artist Stations that play music curated by well-known artists like David Byrne, Thom Yorke, Brittany Howard, and Alabama Shakes. The Artist Stations are […]

How is coronavirus affecting music? Here’s how one industry leader sees it

Covid-19 has rattled industries throughout the world. The music industry is no exception. Concerts have been canceled and record stores are closed. Even online orders of physical products have been disrupted, because internet retailers like Amazon are falling behind on shipments. In a new blog post written for Music Business Worldwide, Believe CEO Denis Ladegaillerie describes […]