Random music news for Tuesday, January 3, 2023

As the world starts to wake up after the holiday season–it’ll be a while yet–is there any music news to report for January 3, 2023? Let’s find out.

  1. RIP Fred White, drummer for Earth Wind & Fire.
  2. What, exactly, happened with Drake and Swedish police?
  3. And where’s Kanye? His ex-business manager says that he’s been missing “for weeks.”
  4. Billy Idol is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  5. Here’s a look at the trends in the music business for 2023.
  6. Halestorm is the latest band to point out how ridiculously expensive and exhausting touring is.
  7. The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” is now the most-streamed song of all time on Spotify. Sorry, Ed Sheeran.
  8. Some of the first musical arguments of the year are over Rolling Stone’s list of the 200 best singers of all time. For example, there’s this.
  9. The demand for vinyl records: Still very, very healthy.
  10. Very, very soon, we’ll be able to hear the hum of the universe.
  11. These are some very weird musical instruments.
  12. And speaking of which, Japan needs more new shamisen players.
  13. There have been changes to copyright in Canada. No music will enter the public domain until 2043.
  14. Donald Trump DJed at Mar-A-Lago New Year’s Eve. He threw down some Celine Dion on the one’s and two’s.

More music news? Check here.

BONUS: Dude’s tall.

BONUS BONUS: In 2022, Elon Musk lost more money than anyone in history.

BONUS BONUS BONUS: Snoop just posted this bit of social commentary. (Via Tom)

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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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