Random music news for Saturday, December 18, 2021

One week until Christmas. Just sayin’. And the music news just keeps on coming. Here’s what we have for December 18, 2021.

  1. The people who died at the Astroworld Festival last month succumbed to compression asphyxia according to the medical examiner.
  2. The promoters of Astroworld would like to have a word with their employees.
  3. Wait: Drake is responsible for 5% of Toronto’s tourism industry? (Via Houston Ron)
  4. Now that Bruce Springsteen has sold his music and masters to Sony, here are some suggestions how that music can be used going forward.
  5. Here are some interesting aspects of the Springsteen catalogue sale that have people intrigued.
  6. The sale of an unknown Whitney Houston song has broken NFT records.
  7. This is why we can’t have nice things like the metaverse.
  8. You can now embed a miniature version of your Instagram profile into a website.
  9. Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” has been named the Number One Christmas Number One.
  10. Here’s a list of the best music books of 2021.
  11. Paul Stanley of KISS is recovering from shoulder surgery.
  12. Rod Stewart and his son have pleaded guilty for punching out a security guard on New Year’s Eve 2019.
  13. What are these Kanye-connected “GOP Operatives?”
  14. Dolly Parton just made the record books three more times.

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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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