Random music news for Saturday, December 22, 2018

The days are getting longer. Can you tell yet? This is your music news for Saturday, December 22, 2018.

  1. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  2. A fan of the madness around the race for British #1 at Christmas? Here’s a history of every song to reach that peak since 1952.
  3. Beyonce album “leak” madness. What’s happening here? (Hint: It’s some kind of fake.)
  4. Meanwhile, hubby Jay-Z is now the richest musician in America.
  5. David Lee Roth has launched a line of skincare products just for people with tattoos.
  6. Conspiracy fodder: Suge Knight says that Tupac once talked about faking his own death.
  7. If you’re fortunate enough to get tickets to Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show, hope that this cop is out front.
  8. Instagram has a new type of music integration.
  9. Japan now has 8K broadcast TV.
  10. Well, that’s one way to put “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” to good use.
  11. There’s some weird coincidences between theme from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Take a listen to this.
  12. Smart speaker use will continue to increase in 2019. Here are some predictions.
  13. Has the mystery of Stonehenge been solved by the discovery of these drums?
  14. Neil Young has officially launched his archives service. Warning: There be subscriptions ahead.
  15. What’s next for Facebook after this latest privacy crisis? Let’s take a look.
  16. Has Bob Dylan really been on a never-ending tour for thirty years? Maybe.
  17. And could Thom Yorke really end up winning an Oscar? Again, mayb.
  18. Here’s another look at the need for more women in the music industry.
  19. Barack Obama sings! And with Lin-Manuel Miranda, too.

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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