This Week’s Top Music News – September 30, 2013
A week full of upcoming album and performance announcements only means more things to get excited about for music fans… unless you’re Stevie Nicks; the Fleetwood Mac singer doesn’t seem so hopeful about the future of the music industry. But we won’t let the landslide bring us down, Stevie, because this Music News Round-Up brings reports of a huge landmark on the charts, new music from Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, and Belle & Sebastian, plus a free concert featuring My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear.
Stevie Nicks Thinks The Internet Killed Music
Nicks made her stance on music and the internet known in recent remarks. The iconic singer says it’s nearly impossible for emerging artists to make it these days, in large part due to internet piracy. “The music industry is in such a bad place that it’s very hard for a new Fleetwood Mac to emerge or a Led Zeppelin or a new The Who… there’s no money,” she tells NME.
Well, Nicks may have a point, but from where we’re standing, there’s more music being made than ever, and the internet provides a medium for people to hear bands that would’ve never had a chance in the industry’s heyday. Of course, she’s right about the money part…
Read more at NME.
Free Concert in Times Square for CBGB Fest
The annual festival honoring the famous punk-rock venue returns even bigger than last year with a free show on October 12th in Times Square, NYC. The promoters must have been working overtime to secure big-name acts My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, and a DJ set from former LCD Soundsystem front-man, James Murphy. Set-times have yet to be announced, but we recommend getting there early to beat the massive crowd this event will surely draw; it’ll be like New Year’s Eve but with less “Auld Lang Syne,” and more guitar solos.
Brooklynvegan and Soundspike report.
Lorde Reaches Milestone on the U.S. Charts
It’s been a busy week for the 16 year-old Lorde; after receiving our stamp of approval with an Artist to Watch nod, she achieved another (slightly less important) landmark by becoming the youngest artist to reach #1 on the U.S. charts in 26 years. Debbie Gibson reached pole position in 1988 with “Foolish Beat” at age 17. Hats off to the talented singer from New Zealand.
Stereoboard has more.
Arcade Fire and Others to Perform at YouTube’s Inaugural Music Awards
YouTube continues its conquest into the music industry, despite warnings from Stevie Nicks, with its first ever music award show. The voting begins on October 17th, and then the show will be broadcasting on November 3rd, featuring performances from Arcade Fire (who we can’t go a news week without a story on) and others.
Upcoming Releases: We hope you like box sets—Velvet Underground plan a reissue of “White Light/White Heat;” David Bowie plans a three-disc reissue of “The Next Day;” Belle and Sebastian are currently in the studio recording their 9th studio release (I smell a tour); and last, but not least, The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala enjoy playing together so much, they’re planning an EP together. It’s nice when everyone gets along.
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Article by Nicolas White