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Wednesday, Jul 13 2016
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Drake and Kanye West Coming to the Bay Area (As Well As Beyoncé's Return)

It's been two years since Drake's last visit to the Bay Area — on tour, at least — and two years since Kanye West's performance at Outside Lands. This fall, both artists — who dropped new albums this year — will return to the Bay in support of said albums. Excitement for both tours is so high that they each added a second show to their stops at Oracle Arena. Less than four months after passing through Santa Clara for her Formation tour, Beyoncé will also revisit Levi's Stadium in September (for the third time this year, if you count the Super Bowl). JS

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Digital Sales of Music Will Continue to Decline

So far, 2016 is the worst year for music sales since Nielsen Music started tracking them in 1991. Digital album sales dropped by almost 17 percent and digital track sales decreased by nearly 24 percent, compared to the first half of 2015. Streaming rates, however, are up with 209 billion songs streamed in the first seven months of the year, well over half the amount of songs (317 billion) streamed over the entirety of 2015. The takeaway? People are less interested in owning music when they can save money by streaming songs for free. JS

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First Ever Desert Trip, aka Oldchella

The average age of the six headliners for the first-ever Desert Trip is just under 72. While that's not terribly old, it's pretty high up there for a festival. But therein lies the appeal of Desert Trip, which will be held in October at the same site as the Coachella Arts and Music Festival (hence its cheeky nickname, "Oldchella"). It consists of nothing but The Who, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and Roger Waters, so it's basically the biggest male acts from the last century who are still alive. Here's hoping nobody croaks onstage. JS

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Frank Ocean Will Finally Drop His Next Album

It feels like an eternity since Frank Ocean released his 2012 debut album channel ORANGE. Here's what we know about his mythical second album, which is purported to come out sometime this year: It may be titled Boys Don't Cry; musician James Blake has heard it and told Rolling Stone "it's better" than channel ORANGE; Chance the Rapper has also heard it and told FADER that Ocean's new album is "amazing;" and just this month, Ocean signed on to be the face of Calvin Klein's Fall 2016 collection. Could the record be released in conjunction with his new fashion appearances? Let's hope so. Zack Ruskin

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Virtual Reality Will Become More Pervasive

Virtual reality (VR) is slowly trickling into the music world. Coachella live-streamed its second weekend in VR, and iHeartRadio and Universal Media Group have announced a string of VR concerts later this year. It's not clear how that will happen, but the companies have promised VR experiences at some point — be it pre-show, post-show, or during a set — at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in September and the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour in December. You might actually start seeing VR headsets in real life sooner than you think. In fact, they're already for sale at your local Best Buy. JS


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