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Random music news for Friday, December 23, 2022

The Muppets covering The Beastie Boys? Yep. Hey, I laughed. Now some deadly serious (mostly) music news for December 23, 2022.

  1. You might find this interesting: “Ticketmaster’s Dark History.”
  2. Two members of Journey are fighting because one of them played Donald Trump events.
  3. Any second now, The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” will pass Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” as the most-streamed song in the history of Spotify.
  4. The Punk Rock Museum is set to open in Las Vegas in March. Details here.
  5. The rail strike in the UK is KILLING live music venues.
  6. Justin Bieber loves his new Leaf-branded merch
  7. …but he thinks that his H&M clothes are garbage.
  8. If you’re a musician, manager, promoter, or label person, you should really have a look at this app called Muso.AI.
  9. A few years ago, Iron Maiden’s Nico McBrain battled his way through laryngeal cancer.
  10. Bob Dylan is a fan of Coronation Street. He was offered a role on the show.
  11. One of those Nigerian prince scams was perpetrated on a British radio station.
  12. How about a black metal anti-Christmas playlist? Sure!
  13. Interesting: Sales of Christmas music are down this year. Streaming? Or too much overall competition?
  14. On a related note, people’s streaming habits change during the holidays.
  15. No, The Housemartin’s “Caravan of Love” isn’t a Christmas song. Wait. Hang on….

More music news? Check here.

BONUS: I’d forgotten at Mark E. Smith and The Fall once released a Christmas song.

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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