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Random music news for Saturday, December 23, 2023

This is a nice Christmas-y video: Why helping people makes you happy. On the other hand, there’s this story from Russia. Moving on to music news for December 23, 2023…

  1. Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney apparently really love Wham and “Last Christmas.” Here’s how much they love it.
  2. “The 47 Best Christmas Songs Ever. Ever. Ever.” Discuss.
  3. Christmas music is big business, right Mariah Carey?
  4. This Caturday’s most important item: “NASA streams cat video from 19 million miles away.
  5. Meanwhile, Chinese scientists have solved the mystery of a strange signal that’s coming from Earth’s core.
  6. Kanye is selling the Malibu home he gutted as he tried to turn it into a “bomb shelter.” There are no windows and no electricity. And he wants US$53 million for it.
  7. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” is back at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the fifth year in a row. That’ll tell you something about how the singles charts are compiled these days using streaming stats. By the way, how much does this song earn for Mariah? Oh.
  8. Celine Dion’s health has taken a turn for the worst.
  9. Looking to use AI to help with songwriting and collaboration? Try out this tool that involves contributions from Grimes.
  10. And here are the top ten AI tools being used by musicians today.
  11. Snoop Dogg has some interesting new flavours for his line of THC and CBD drinks.
  12. “‘Superstars seem to no longer be a thing.” Discuss.
  13. What’s the fastest growing musical segment on Spotify? Latin.
  14. Mike Ness of Social Distortion has been battling cancer. He gave us an update this week.
  15. The current Guess Who lawsuit is getting a lot more complicated. (Via Tom)
  16. The article on Taylor Swift was the 12-most-searched-for entry on Wikipedia this year, the highest of any musician.
  17. Please stop it, NFL. Please?
  18. Mickey Mouse is now in the public domain which means Disney no longer has control over him. What will come first? A Mickey-themed porn film or a horror movie?

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BONUS: Scientists have finally discovered why nails on a chalkboard sounds awful.

BONUS BONUS: Christmastime came early in the cosmos.

BONUS BONUS BONUS: This has to be one of the greatest TV commercials of all time.

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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