In Memoriam–Everett “Vic” Firth
We would be remiss here at Beato’s Blog if we did not take a moment to pause and remember Everett “Vic” Firth who unfortunately died at the age of 85. Firth, known as one of the world’s best makers of drumsticks, will be missed in the drumming community. Beyond being the founder of the Vic Firth Company, Firth himself was an accomplished musician. Who hasn’t played Firth sticks and found them to be amazing?
We extend our condolences to the Firth family.
Streaming Reaches New Heights In The U.K.
The number of weekly audio streams in the United Kingdom has crossed 500 million for the first time. This watershed mark was reached on the chart week ending Thursday July 16 when consumers “across the pond” registered 505 million audio streams — almost double the 275 million average weekly figure of July 2014. In fact, in the first six months of 2015, British music fans clocked up 11.5 billion streams, an 80 percent increase on the same period in 2014, with 59 tracks streamed more than 10 million times. And here’s the best part. Guess what was the most streamed song? You got it. . . . .Uptown Funk. (We reported on this when we went Behind The Making Of Uptown Funk). The tune streamed more than 45 million times.
Also noteworthy was Ed Sheeran who was the most streamed artist despite the small size of his catalogue. Sheeran’s songs were streamed over 170 million times between January and June.
Bloody good show U.K.!
Lavigne Is Back To Work
We are happy to report that Avril Lavigne has just performed her first show in more than a YEAR amid her battle with Lyme disease. The singer’s recovery is ongoing and she was stoked to perform at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games’ Opening Ceremony.
Lavigne belted out her latest single entitled Fly and afterwards she wrote this on Instagram:
“I just sang FLY on stage the FIRST time ALL THE WAY THROUGH live tonight in rehearsal. Making what feels like the impossible possible……Fighting through Lyme Disease. ‘Just Reach Up Don’t Give Up’ so happy to be working with the Special Olympics LA 2015. Grateful.”
Nice work Avril. Keep it going.
Iconic Items On The Auction Block
The black wool double-breasted suit jacket that Ringo Starr wore in the Beatles’ 1965 movie Help! has sold at auction for more than $46,500. The item is very cool and it features soft gray vertical pinstripes, six black buttons, and the name “Ringo” which was sewn on the inside of the jacket.
It’s also worth noting on July 30 the Nate D. Sanders auction house will put Michael Jackson’s famous white glove up for auction. Bidding will start at $20,000.