Random music news for Saturday, December 25, 2021

There’s music new on December 25? Absolutely.

  1. Here’s FYIMusicNews’ Year in Review.
  2. The US Congress wants to know exactly what happened at the Astroworld Festival. It has asked Live Nation for answers.
  3. These were the ten biggest music stories in the UK in 2021.
  4. That’s an interesting new guitar: a carbon fibre acoustic.
  5. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” has become the first song to have more than 3 billion streams on Spotify.
  6. Guns N’ Roses somehow qualified for AUS$1.35 million in federal funding from the Australian government.
  7. What’s “The 12 Days of Christmas” REALLY all about? Here’s an explainer.
  8. The Headstones are getting a nice bit of coverage in the US thanks to Hugh Dillion’s role on Yellowstone.
  9. A dozen new Pink Floyd live albums? Yes.
  10. This is fun: Quirky online radio stations. Thank you, internet!
  11. Oh. No. That’s not good.
  12. What if Wham’s “Last Christmas” was performed in the style of Rammstein? Then it might sound like this.
  13. “All I Want for Christmas is You” has now been streamed over a billion times on Spotify, so Mariah Carey celebrated with a Happy Meal. She surprised some McDonald’s employees at a restaurant in Aspen.
  14. Michael Bublé  went out for some Timbiebs. (Hey, gimme a break! It’s Christmas, so it’s a slow news day.)
  15. And here’s the final word on Christmas music for 2021.

BONUS: Road manager Mike Lukas (@mikesontime on Instagram) was at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when he spotted this lyric notebook once owned by Joe Strummer. Notice anything familiar?

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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.

One thought on “Random music news for Saturday, December 25, 2021

  • December 30, 2021 at 10:05 pm
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    I just watched Hard Core Logo for the first time last night and was pleasantly surprised to see Hugh Dillon in the lead role. He was good! I’d only ever seen him in Flashpoint before.

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