Random music news for Friday, December 17, 2021

Artists from across Canada are coming together to help with flood relief for disasters on both coasts. You can learn about everything here. In other music news for December 17, 2021…

  1. Nearly 100 COVID cases have been linked to a Taylor Swift-theme dance party in Australia.
  2. What’s going on with the Foo Fighters? I’m genuinely concern about last week’s medical emergency as the band made their way to Abu Dhabi.
  3. Hipgnosis’ song fund now owns 65,143 songs with a fair value of US$2.5 billion.
  4. Nile Rodgers is auctioning off this Porsche. It’s claim to fame is that Gene Simmons almost barfed in it.
  5. The Birds are the hottest thing on the Australian charts. We’re not talking about a band. These are actual birds.
  6. The strange British tradition of the Christmas #1 explained.
  7. Almost 300 music teachers and students were whisked out of Afghanistan by…Spotify? Yes.
  8. Canadians are now spending more time with digital audio than radio.
  9. If you’re a fan of Canadian power rockers Triumph, they’ve opened their vault.
  10. Brad Pitt is going to rebuild a famous recording studio in France. Pink Floyd used it to record part of The Wall.
  11. Alexa has a new celebrity voice: Santa!
  12. A Simpsons-theme music venue is set to open in Melbourne, Australia. It’s called Shotkickers.
  13. Interesting that John Paul Jones is distancing himself from of Led Zeppelin’s corporate entities. (Via Dan)
  14. Now I’m hungry. (Via Charles)
  15. Here are the best and worst months in which to release songs.

BONUS: All Mariah Carey wants is for you to stand behind the yellow line on the London Underground.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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