Random Music News for Monday, December 14, 2015

Back to reality. Drat. It was much more fun monitoring the music news from a Caribbean villa.

  1. Guys: This will give you another reason to hate Justin Bieber–if you didn’t already have reason enough.
  2. Here’s a shock: Adele’s 25 is at #1 for the third week in the row in the US.
  3. What? A new surprise album from Prince?
  4. Something seems to have gone very wrong with North Korea’s supposed goodwill music tour of China. (Catch up here.) (Via Tom.)
  5. Taylor Swift: Nazi Barbie. Really, Camille Paglia? (Shake it off, Swift.) (Tom again,)
  6. This is interesting: After all the angst surrounding her music and Apple Music, Taylor Swift has granted them an exclusive content deal.
  7. How Frank Sinatra invented Justin Bieber. Please try not to hate him for that. (Still more Tom.)
  8. The founder of The Pirate Bay has “given up” because “the Internet is shit today. It’s broken.”
  9. UNESCO has declared Liverpool an official City of Music.
  10. This is interesting: Britain’s first Muslim hip-hop group and their message of union.
  11. This home designed by Mick Jagger’s daughter is up for sale.
  12. Lady Gaga calls out the music industry for being an old boys’ club.
  13. It’s time for Britain to start obsessing about what song will make it to #1 for Christmas.
  14. Are these the five worst music moments of 2015?
  15. Streaming music services seem to help convert young people into fans of vinyl.
  16. Weird history: the night Led Zeppelin was joined onstage by The Osmonds.
  17. Can you imagine Peter Mansbridge doing this?

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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