Music Industry News 2014
by Alex Cosper (10/11/14)

2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Cat Stevens, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Nirvana, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Andrew Loog Oldham, Brian Epstein, The E Street Band

Grammy Awards February 2014

Record of the Year - Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Album of the Year - Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Song of the Year - Lorde - Royals
Best New Artist of the Year - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

List of Music Industry Deaths in 2014

Scott Asheton - age 64, died 3/16/14 of a heart attack, drummer for The Stooges
Franny Beecher - age 92, died 2/24/14 of natural causes, guitarist for Benny Goodman, Bill Haley & His Comets
Mark Bell - age 43, death reported 10/13/14 from complications following an operation, member of LFO, producer for Depeche Mode, Bjork
Jessica Cleaves - age 65, died 5/2/14 following a stroke, singer for Friends of Distinction, Earth, Wind and Fire
Glenn Cornick - age 67, died 18/28/14 of heart failure, founder, bassist for Jethro Tull
Bob Crew - age 81, died 10/11/14 of declining health, songwriter and producer for The Four Seasons
Don Davis - age 75, died 6/5/14 after an illness, musician, producer, songwriter of "Who's Makin' Love" and "Disco Lady"
DJ EZ Rock - age 46, died 4/27/14 of a diabetic seizure, hip hop musician for Rob Base
DJ Rashad - age 34, died 4/26/14 of a blood clot, DJ
Alan Douglas - age 80, died 6/7/14 following a fall, producer for Jimi Hendrix, engineer for Eric Clapton
Phil Everly - age 74, died 1/3/14 of pulmonary disease, singer for The Everly Brothers
Buren Fowler - age 54, died 3/8/14 various health problems, guitarist for R.E.M. (tour), Drivin' N Cryin'
Dennis Fredericksen - age 62, died 1/18/14 of liver cancer, singer for Toto (1984), LeRoux, backup singer for Survivor
Ed Gagliardi - age 62, died 5/11/14 of cancer, bassist for Foreigner
Gerry Goffin - age 75, died 6/19/14 of natural causes, songwriter of "Loco-motion" and many hits, ex-husband of Carole King
Bobby Gregg - age 78, died 5/3/14 of unknown cause, drummer for Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel
John Gustafson - age 72, died 9/12/14 following years of bad health, singer/bassist of Ian Gillian Band, bassist of Roxy Music
Rosetta Hightower - age 70, died 8/2/14 possibly of a brain hemorrhage, singer of The Orlons
Teenie Hodges - age 68, died 6/22/14 of emphysema, songwriter of "Take Me to the River"
Jim Jameson - age 63, died 8/31/14 of possible heart attack, singer of Survivor
Herb Jeffries - age 100, died 5/25/14 of heart failure, jazz and calypso singer
Michael Johns - age 35, died 8/1/14 of a blood clot, singer/songwriter on American Idol
Billy Mundi - age 71, died 3/29/14 of unknown cause, drummer for Mothers of Invention, Maria Muldaur, many others
Tommy Ramone - age 65, died 7/11/14 of cancer, drummer for The Ramones
Frank Reed - age 59, died 2/26/14, singer for the Chi-Lites 1988-2014
Paul Revere - age 76, died 10/4/14 of cancer, founder, keyboardist of Paul Revere & The Raiders
Joe Sample - age 75, died 10/4/14 of lung cancer, jazz musician, songwriter for The Crusaders
Pete Seeger - age 94, died 1/27/14 of natural causes, legendary folk singer, wrote "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"
Kevin Sharp - age 43, died 4/19/14 of a digestive disorder, country singer
Norman Sheffield - age 75, died 6/20/14 of cancer, recording studio owner, manager of Queen
Arthur Smith - age 93, died 4/3/14 of natural causes, songwriter of "Dueling Banjos"
John Spinks - age 60, died 7/9/14 of liver cancer, songwriter, guitarist for The Outfield
Henry Stone - age 93, died 8/7/14 of natural causes, record executive and producer for TK Records
Jay Traynor - age 70, died 1/2/14 of liver cancer, singer for Jay & The Americans
Jerry Vale - age 83, died 5/14/14 of natural causes, singer
Dick Wagoner - age 71, died 7/30/14 of lung infection, guitarist, songwriter of Alice Cooper hit "Only Women (Bleed)"
Johnny Winter - age 70, died 7/16/14 of unknown cause, singer, blues guitarist
Bobby Wommack - age 70, died 6/27/14 of various health problems including cancer, r&b singer
Robert Young - age 49, found dead 9/9/14, guitarist of Primal Scream

U2 Releases Free Album on iTunes

U2 and Apple partnered for an unprecedented promotion in which the tech giant paid the band upfront to make their album Songs of Innocence available free to iTunes users for a month leading up to the official October 14 release for sale. The exclusing deal with Apple was announced on September 9, 2014 at an Apple event and the songs were made available that day to over 500,000 iTunes users. In October it was reported that 26 million fans had downloaded all the tracks while a total of 81 million users check out some of the tracks.

2014 is Slow Year for Music Sales

Music sales in almost all configurations have been slower than unusual in 2014 compared with previous years, based on Nielsen Soundscan reports. As of October only one album, The Frozen Soundtrack, had crossed over a million units in sales. The album reflects the popularity of the Disney film.

See also:

2013 Music News
How to start a music project
Tips on how to produce music
Job of a live sound engineer
Affordable ways to promote music online

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