Today In Music News: Friday July 9

Alright Toronto, it was a rainy Friday morning and we’re coming to your rescue with some more music related news!

In what might be some of the more surprising news in recent memory, rap legend Snoop Dogg revealed he’d like to be a guest star on Coronation Street. He’s apparently been a fan for eleven (!) years, and actually referred to the show as “Corrie”. How’s that for left-field?

Brooklyn’s Ratatat announced the details of their upcoming North American tour, which includes Canadian stops in Montreal on September 7,  Toronto on September 8, and Vancouver on September 15. In cities where the dates are handled by Ticketmaster, a ticket purchase will get you a digital copy of the band’s latest release, LP4.

M.I.A.’s new album, /\/\/\Y/\, is now streaming in its entirety online, ahead of its July 13 release date. I guess MySpace wasn’t invented by the C.I.A. You can also buy it early at iTunes, which also apparently was not secretly created by the government.

Today is the deadline for the submission of proposals for music panels to SXSW for their 2011 festival. They’re looking for panels that will “dvance and strengthen the business and culture of music.”

Soundscan album sales for the first half of 2010 were released yesterday, and the story is more of the same: overall sales are down 8.2%, CD sales are down 17.9%, and digital sales are up 12.7%. Non-traditional retailers like Starbucks are taking on an increasingly large piece of the sales pie, but unfortunately shoppers are spending less money at traditional record stores.

Concert sales in North America were down significantly in the first six months of this year, falling to their lowest point since 2005. The drop — 17% down from sales a year ago this time — is considered partly the due to the recession, but also the result of ever-increasing ticket prices.

The Weakerthans’ Greg Smith released an e-mail newsletter recently about his solo album The Northern Elation— released as Greg Smith Sound. It’s been available on Zunior.com since October, but there has been little press about it. “It’s on Zunior.com, no one’s picked it up or anything. I’ve just been kind of mailing it out whenever I’ve heard that somebody would be interested in it, or to campus stations and whatnot.” Now that you know about it, why not go check it out?

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