2016 Just Got Even Weirder: Radiohead is on Spotify and Metallica is on Napster.

This has been one weird year. All the celebrity deaths. The Chicago Cubs won the world series. Donald Trump is going to be president. And 2016’s bizarro behaviour isn’t over yet.

Radiohead is on Spotify

After deriding Spotify at every turn–Thom Yorke once referred to the service as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”–Radiohead’s entire catalogue is now available for streaming. Yes, on Spotify.

Metallica’s Entire Catalogues is Available on Napster–And the Band is Okay with It

Okay, so this isn’t the same Napster with which Metallica went to war in 1999. The service went through several iterations before it was bought by Rhapsody, the oldest of the licensed streaming music services. Earlier this year, Rhapsody was rebranded Napster (complete with the cat head logo), completing Napster’s transformation into a legal streamer. Their catalogue features ever single Metallica song. Napster and Metallica are now on the same side.

And If That Weren’t Enough, Metallica’s New Album is Available for Free on YouTube.

The band made a music video for every song on their first new album in eight years. Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is out today and every single song is available for viewing (and, presumably illegal stream-ripping) at their YouTube channel.

And 2016 isn’t over yet. There are still 43 days to go.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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