Dolores O’Riordan FYF Games Kanye West Mac Miller Music Modernization Act News System of a Down The Grammys The Smashing Pumpkins Tool Top Story Vans Warped Tour

The Biggest Music News Stories of 2018

The Biggest Music News Stories of 2018


The Biggest Music News Stories of 2018





Whereas the earlier two years have had no-brainer largest tales (sadly as a result of of the huge quantities of human life in every of the yr’s two main terrorist assaults), 2018 didn’t essentially have a can’t-miss largest story. Whereas the passage of the Music Modernization Act is usually complicated and gained’t transfer the needle for lots of music followers, it might have the most important impression of any music information story of 2018. Apart from this groundbreaking accomplishment (a rarity in at present’s gridlocked governmental mechanisms), there have been different massive tales that gained’t be quickly forgotten. Check out our listing under.

10. AEG tries and fails to deliver again FYF

This handed yr rocked FYF, after its founder Sean Carlson was accused by a number of ladies of sexual misconduct. Though the pageant’s mum or dad firm Goldenvoice had bought the remaining of Carlson’s stake, the pageant’s destiny turned unclear. Though the corporate was adamant in persevering with the fest in 2018; poor ticket gross sales triggered the fest’s cancellation. A mediocre lineup stacked with artist’s who tour Los Angeles continually, alongside the 2017 Pageant’s prices, doubtless induced the poor gross sales. Sadly My Bloody Valentine, Janet Jackson and Florence + The Machine, couldn’t match the anticipation introduced by Bjork, Frank Ocean and 9 Inch Nails in 2017.

– Aaron Grech

9. Mac Miller Dies Of An Unintentional Overdose at Age 26 

The hip hop group was shocked by the passing of Mac Miller on the age of 26. Though an completed solo artist in his personal proper, Miller was a serious figurehead within the present LA hip hop scene (although he was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA), working with a slew of West Coast rappers comparable to Vince Staples, Earl Sweatshirt and Ab-Soul. His mixtapes Macadelic and Faces pushed his music into extra psychedelic territory, whereas creating him as a lyricist. But Swimming serves as Miller’s most private work, mixing within the neo-soul sounds of his LA residence whereas he laments about his failed relationship with Ariana Grande.

– Aaron Grech

eight. Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries Dies at Age 46

The Cranberries might have reached their peak of affect within the ’90s, however they have been nonetheless a really lively and related group within the various music world. The demise of their lead singer Dolores O’Riordan got here as a serious shock, as she was solely 46 years previous. Her trigger of dying was formally dominated to be unintentional drowning in a tub, brought on by alcohol intoxication. Her highly effective voice and powerful Irish accent helped make songs like “Zombie” and “Linger” some of probably the most memorable tracks of the ’90s alt-rock explosion. Following her dying, the general public outreach to her demise was highly effective, together with $250,00zero of proceeds from alt-metal band Dangerous Wolves’ cowl of “Zombie” going to cowl bills for her household.

– Matt Matasci

7. Lastly Some Actual Motion on a New Software Album

Software followers have to be some of probably the most affected person individuals on the earth. For over a decade, they’ve been ready for the comply with as much as 2006’s 10,00zero Days. There have been lots of teases and false begins through the years, plus albums by A Good Circle and Puscifer to semi-quell these fan’s tastes, however most need the actual factor. Properly, 2018 wasn’t the yr that the brand new album lastly got here out, however it did produce some new Software music (within the type of a backing monitor to a teaser for an immersive clinic hosted by Justin Chancellor, Danny Carey and Adam Jones. Then of course there was that day in July when Google tricked followers into considering a brand new Device album had been surprise-released, solely to be massively crushed to find it was an album by a Soundcloud rapper — doubtless the sort of music that might make a Software fan cringe in disgust. By all accounts, 2019 will in all probability be the yr we get a brand new Software album. In all probability.

– Matt Matasci

File Photograph: Mauricio Alvarado

6. System of a Down Members Squash Risk for a New Album

A band that in all probability shares fairly a couple of followers with Software is System of a Down. One other trait they share is the shortage of new music in over a decade (2015 for SOAD). Whereas the band members nonetheless stay pals and proceed to take care of a strong tour schedule, they merely can’t agree on a course for a comply with as much as the dual launch of Hypnotize and Mezmerize. In an interview, guitarist and principal songwriter Daron Malakian indicated that lead singer Serj Tankian merely wasn’t that all for creating new metallic songs. In a subsequent interview, Tankian confirmed that sentiment and took a lot of the blame for the shortage of new music. It seems that we might have seen the final new music from System of a Down.

– Matt Matasci

File Photograph: Alyssa Fried

5. The Smashing Pumpkins Return with (Most of ) Their Basic Lineup

A reunion between mercurial lead singer Billy Corgan and the members of The Smashing Pumpkins’ basic period lineup has been teased for a while. 2018 is the yr it lastly, actually occurred and the outcomes have been surprisingly robust. Whereas, for causes that basically solely Corgan and bassist D’Arcy Wretzky know, she was not invited again to the reunion. Nevertheless guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain did be a part of again on, with the band embarking on an enormous world tour and even releasing a brand new album collectively, referred to as Shiny and Oh So Shiny, Vol. 1 / LP: No Previous. No Future. No Solar.

– Matt Matasci

Easy Plan enjoying a set on the ultimate run of Vans Warped Tour – File Photograph: Mehreen Rizvi

four. The Last Yr of The Vans Warped Tour – Saying Goodbye to a Punk Establishment

For many years, The Vans Warped Tour has stood as a pillar for punk rock. Whereas its lineups regularly shifted away from its preliminary choices of So-Cal skate punk bands like Pennywise and NOFX in the direction of extra trendy genres like metalcore, it all the time maintained a punk rock spirit. A whole lot of bands have performed this touring pageant and its affect on musicians and music followers alike is just immeasurable. The pageant had begun to expertise falling ticket gross sales, making the choice to name it quits (at the least within the present format) a logical selection for founder Kevin Lyman. With the ultimate present of the ultimate tour concluding with Pennywise performing a sing-along of “Bro-Hymn,” there could possibly be no extra becoming finish.

– Matt Matasci

three. Kanye West’s 2018 – The Good, The Dangerous and The Weird

Kanye West had, arguably, probably the most eventful yr of his complete profession. His Wyoming periods noticed some of his most prolific output because the Twisted Fantasy days in 2010, producing albums for himself and his joint challenge with Child Cudi, together with albums for Pusha-T, Nas and Teyana Taylor. Whereas most of these albums acquired rave critiques, West made simply as many headlines for his actions outdoors of the studio. West met with President Trump to debate jail reform and safe the discharge of one individual from jail, made controversial statements on TMZ about how 400 years of slavery “sound[ed] like a choice” and sparked beef with student-turned-pro Drake over his verse on Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode.” Regardless of his identify showing within the headlines most of the time (and probably for the flawed causes), West “feel[s] stronger than ever” as a result of of this yr and is hoping to proceed this into 2019.

– Francisco Martinez

2. The Grammy’s Equality Drawback

The Grammy’s confronted controversy this yr after a scarcity of feminine nominations, after which when all however one award was given to a male artist. When questioned about this, the Grammy President Neil Portnow advised ladies that they should “step up” within the music business. This remark resulted in much more controversy, and lots of referred to as for Portnow to step down. In response to the backlash, the Grammy’s determined to create a gender bias process drive, headed by Occasions Up co-founder Tina Tchen, they usually inducted 928 new members, with 49% of them being feminine, and 38% being individuals of shade.

– Caitlin Wills

1. Music Modernization Act Is Signed Into Regulation

The Music Modernization Act might have been missed by many this yr, nevertheless it was completely one of an important developments within the music business in 2018. The invoice is comprised of three main elements: an improved music-licensing course of, compensation for works previous to 1972, and elevated royalty funds to producers and engineers from SoundExchange. The music licensing course of will enhance because of the implementation of a mechanical licensing database. This database can be paid for by streaming providers and finally run by publishers and songwriters. Additionally works from 1972 and prior will lastly be awarded with royalties. Lastly, producers and engineers will see a bigger reduce of royalties from performances on satellite tv for pc radio. General, the act helps the musician and makes one hope that this is only one step in a constructive path for the business. The regulation was formally signed into regulation in October after passing the Senate with a unanimous vote in September.

– Griffin Boyle




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