Random music news for Friday, December 18, 2020

One week until Christmas. Feeling it yet? Maybe some music news for December 18, 2020, will help.

  1. Imagine a Spotify subscription for 34 cents per month. That’s what it costs in India.
  2. Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying in the hospital after suffering burns to 25% of his body. He tried to start a bonfire with some gasoline.
  3. Mick Jagger bought a Florida mansion for his girlfriend.
  4. A Ramones cover, anyone? (Via Tom)
  5. Ringo Starr has a new song and a million people (including Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl) perform on it.
  6. Meanwhile, Macca says he loves wearing a mask because he can go anywhere and not be recognized.
  7. David Bowie left behind some covers of John Lennon and Bob Dylan. They’ll finally be released in January on what would have been his 74th birthday.
  8. Bugatti makes awesome hypercars. The company is now making speakers. How much? They won’t say.
  9. Robbie Williams says he almost died of mercury poisoning because he was eating so much fish.
  10. Toronto’s historic Matador, once the go-to after-hours club, will soon be torn down.
  11. What will the Canadian music scene look like in 2021? Here’s one set of predictions and another.
  12. Taylor Swift is far from the only person fighting over copyrights. See?
  13. Interesting: Netflix now has an audio-only feature.
  14. The RIAA is calling out Twitter over not doing more to prevent music piracy.
  15. Robert Smith, heart research patron.
  16. Adele’s next album will feature a former Pearl Jam drummer.

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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