The NPD is reporting that bluetooth headphone revenue has overtaken non-bluetooth headphone revenue for the first time:
According to The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service, Bluetooth headphone revenue overtook non-Bluetooth for the first time in June accounting for 54 percent of headphone dollar sales and 17 percent of unit sales in the U.S.
The joy of not having a cord attached to my pocket is amazing. But Bluetooth still sucks, a lot. Trying to use multiple devices, not looking ridiculous with that behind-the-head cord, and the sound quality is still not there. Oh, and every time my phone doesn’t want to connect to the headphones I’m sure it’s punishing me for all the times I set it next to the charger instead of actually plugging it in because, what?, it’s not the boss of me.
My Chemical Romance will release The Black Parade / Living With Ghosts (10th Anniversary Edition) on September 23rd. The bundle is now up for order on the band’s website.
We’re currently booking up our sponsorship spots for the next few months, so, if you have a product or service you’d like to put in front of our audience, please reach out to me and let’s talk. We’ve been seeing some fantastic results with display ads and our feed sponsorships. I asked Creep Records’ owner William Angelos how the campaign we put together worked for him, and he had this to say:
I reached out to Chorus.fm when we signed JANK and I could not be happier. The new format has made ad space prominent and the click-through rate has been amazing. At the end of the day, we believed that if people heard JANK, they would love them. Chorus.fm helped immensely through their ads in getting people to give a new band a try. We will be using Chorus.fm for all future releases.
Our wonderful sponsors and amazing supporters have made the first four months of running Chorus feasible and exciting. Almost all of September is already booked up, but we have some openings in August and October and I’d love to get those filled up as well. I hope everyone is having a good day, I’m off to edit this week’s episode of Encore.1
Fickle Friends have released their new song “Cry Baby.”
The Hollywood Reporter, with news of a Rocketeer revival:
The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African-American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.
Comicbook.com spoke with Gerard Way and Jon Rivera about “Young Animal” the DC Comics imprint he’s in charge of. There is a small mention at the end about the whole teaser ordeal from the past week.
The video, I don’t really like to talk about just because we’re not that involved in it, and to be honest we didn’t realize that there wasn’t additional information coming out with that, which is why we asked the label to clarify.
Sturgill Simpson performed “All Around You” on Fallon.
Silverstein released a music video for their song “Toronto (Unabridged).”
Local Natives performed “Fountain of Youth” on Conan.
The Ghost Inside have released their video for “Between the Lines.”
Anna Maria Barry-Jester, writing at FiveThirtyEight, on all the rancid olive oil we probably use:
“We call the U.S. the world’s dumping ground for rancid and defective olive oil. We don’t know the difference,” said Sue Langstaff, a sensory scientist who consults for the beer, wine and olive oil industries, among others. Studies have shown that even frequent olive oil consumers in the U.S. don’t know what the extra virgin or cold pressed designations mean, let alone have the ability to taste the difference. And in blind taste tests, consumers often prefer lower-quality olive oils.
The Shins have covered The Beatles’ “The Word” for Netflix’s upcoming animated series “Beat Bugs.”
Beach House have released their new video for “The Traveller.”
Tegan and Sara have released their new video for “Faint of Heart.”
Tiger Army have announced some tour dates for the fall — they’re below. Creeper will be opening.
Pink Floyd have announced a 27-disc boxset that features 11 hours of audio and 14 hours of video. The boxset, The Early Years 1965-1972, will be released on November 11th. It’s now available for pre-order, for $550.
Elias Leight, writing for Rolling Stone:
MTV plans to rebrand VH1 Classic as MTV Classic starting on August 1st. According to a statement from the company, the new channel will focus on “an eclectic mix of fan-favorite MTV series and music programming drawn from across its rich history, with a special focus on the 1990s and early 2000s.”
All of our childhoods one day become “classic.”
Bruce Springsteen will be releasing his autobiography, Born to Run, on September 27th. It will come with an 18-track companion album featuring five unreleased tracks. The companion album will be called Chapter and Verse, is due out on September 23rd, and a trailer has been released. Pre-orders for the book are also up.
Jenny Lewis’s band NAF have shared their new video for “Door.”