Published on December 21st, 2018 | by Alan Cross0
Random music news for Friday, December 21, 2018
Here’s what’s making music news on the solstice: December 21, 2018.
- Jacob Hoggard of Hedley finally has a date set for his sexual assault case. It’ll be in July.
- Spotify says that it did not have access to private user data from Facebook.
- Maroon 5 has finally found someone to perform with them during the Super Bowl halftime show: Travis Scott and three others to be named soon. (But hang on: Jay-Z is trying to talk Scott out of this.)
- These are the 25 strangest music news stories of the year.
- Avicii left his entire fortune to his parents.
- The US Department of Justice has banned bump stocks, a firearm device uses to kill 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas back in 2016. Interesting that the NRA is completely quiet on this, too.
- Todd Rundgren has a new memoir. This should be interesting.
- This convicted bombmaker had a dartboard featuring a picture of Justin Bieber.
- An ode to Kate Bush in The New Yorker.
- Still more
trashtalkingbetween Liam and Noel.
- Another honour for The Beastie Boys–and it has to do with audiobooks.
- Where do you have your smart speaker? Are you like most people?
- A new robot hand is dexterous enough to play “Jingle Bells” on a piano.
- Is your new iPad Pro slightly bent? Apple says “Don’t worry about it.”
- Should you really play a gig that also features Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman?
- The UK music industry is really, really concerned about the effect Brexit is going to have.
- Jay-Z has a persistant fragrance problem.
- I was the guest on The Adamantium podcast. Listen here.
- Berlin is going to soundproof all its nightclubs.
- Who knew that this Christmas carol was originally about killing babies?