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Published on December 21st, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Friday, December 21, 2018

Here’s what’s making music news on the solstice: December 21, 2018.

  1. Jacob Hoggard of Hedley finally has a date set for his sexual assault case. It’ll be in July.
  2. Spotify says that it did not have access to private user data from Facebook.
  3. 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.)
  4. These are the 25 strangest music news stories of the year.
  5. Avicii left his entire fortune to his parents.
  6. 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.
  7. Todd Rundgren has a new memoir. This should be interesting.
  8. This convicted bombmaker had a dartboard featuring a picture of Justin Bieber.
  9. An ode to Kate Bush in The New Yorker.
  10. Still more trashtalking between Liam and Noel.
  11. Another honour for The Beastie Boys–and it has to do with audiobooks.
  12. Where do you have your smart speaker? Are you like most people?
  13. A new robot hand is dexterous enough to play “Jingle Bells” on a piano.
  14. Is your new iPad Pro slightly bent? Apple says “Don’t worry about it.”
  15. Should you really play a gig that also features Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman?
  16. The UK music industry is really, really concerned about the effect Brexit is going to have.
  17. Jay-Z has a persistant fragrance problem.
  18. I was the guest on The Adamantium podcast. Listen here.
  19. Berlin is going to soundproof all its nightclubs.
  20. Who knew that this Christmas carol was originally about killing babies?



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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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