End Of An Era: Best Buy Will Stop Selling CDs This Year

first_imgIt’s been about 15 years since CDs were anyone’s preferred method of music storage, but these shiny little discs have have been surprisingly resilient. Despite their status as an antiquated medium, they still sell pretty well internationally, though sales in the U.S. market were down 18.5% in 2017.In any case, it looks the CD’s time in the pantheon of economically viable music storage mediums may finally be coming to an end. Billboard reports that Best Buy—the big box retailer that was once the most powerful music merchandiser in the U.S.—will cease selling CDs at its stores on July 1st of this year. According to the publication, the company’s CD sales are only generating a paltry $40 million annually.On top of that, Billboard also reports that Target is now stocking its CDs on a consignment basis. Evidently, the retailer is now demanding that music suppliers agree to buy back any CDs that aren’t sold within a 60 days.Interestingly, these nails in the coffin of CD sales haven’t done much to slow the comeback of an even more resilient music medium. While Best Buy is planning to pull CDs off its shelves, the retailer also plans to carry vinyl for at least the next two years. It’s a move that won’t shock anyone who saw the vinyl was on track to become a billion dollar industry in 2017.[Photo: Mike Mozart via CC BY 2.0 license]last_img read more

Arctic Monkeys Release ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, First Album In 5 Years [Listen]

first_imgEnglish rockers Arctic Monkeys have released their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. Prior to the album’s announcement, it had been five years since we last heard from the Arctic Monkeys. The band held the material from this new album particularly close to the chest, choosing not to release any singles prior to the album drop. They did, however, introduce some of the new songs at a handful of recent performances, including dates at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA and Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY.The band has also announced a series of pop-up stores around the globe to support the new album, set to take place this weekend in their native Sheffield, U.K.; New York, NY; Sydney, Australia; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan. For more information on the Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino pop-up store, head here.You can listen to Arctic Monkey’s newly released 6th studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, below via Spotify:Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino [Full Album]Last night, Arctic Monkeys also made their way to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform “Four Out of Five”, giving the masses their first live look at the new Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino material. Watch the performance below:Arctic Monkeys – “Four Out of Five”[Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]Arctic Monkeys have also announced an upcoming string of North American tour dates. Check out a list of announced U.S. and Canada dates below. For a full list of Arctic Monkeys upcoming live performances, or for more information on the new album, head to the band’s website.Arctic Monkeys 2018 Tour Dates:06/14-17 – Dover, DE – Firefly Festival06/16 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater06/18 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater06/19 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy Theatre07/24 – Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium07/27 – Boston, MA – TD Garden07/28 – Washington, DC – The Anthem07/31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center08/01 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre08/05 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada CentreView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Munster and Ireland stalwart honoured

first_imgLeinster’s Daragh Fanning received the unsung hero award while Connacht’s Michael Swift received the medal for excellence.Ex-Munster, Ireland and Lions openside David Wallace was inducted into the hall of fame. The Lions second row received the prize at the Hibernia College IRUPA awards in Dublin last night.O’Connell has been linked with Toulon in recent weeks but speaking at last night’s awards said he’s not sure where his future lies or whether or not he’ll retire soon.Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw was voted Nevin Spence young player of the year.last_img