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Published on December 8th, 2018 | by Alan Cross


Random music news for Saturday, December 8, 2018

Hopping over to the NE Caribbean Command Centre for the next week. I will, however, remain on guard for any music news. Here’s what I can report for Saturday, December 8, 2018.

  1. Here are my weekly music picks for
  2. The whole #MeToo thing seems to have finally caught up with Gene Simmons of KISS.
  3. Here’s more on the annual debate over the lyrics of the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York.”
  4. Robbie Williams is STILL having it out with his neighbour, Jimmy Page.
  5. Time’s “Person of the Year” is…really?
  6. Amazon Alexa devices will now have a conversation with you when trying to come up with the perfect playlist.
  7. Meanwhile, Google Assistant is improving on its newscasts.
  8. Radio’s top-paid hosts. I’m in the wrong country.
  9. Burlington, Ontario’s, Sound of Music Festival isn’t until next June, but they’re already making artist announcements.
  10. Here’s a chance to do some work for NASA.
  11. Are you a Spotify user? Time to log in to check on your listening habits over the last year.
  12. The news media seems to be taking a lot of cues from professional wrestling. (Via Shane)
  13. Here are the newest nominees for the Heavy Metal Hall of Fame.
  14. Vinyl collectors: Here are some picks for the top 50 records 2018.
  15. How about the best Canadian records of 2018?
  16. And Canadian indie rock from the 90s is very much alive and well.
  17. Metallica’s new whiskey is getting some good reviews.
  18. Shakira is in trouble with Spanish tax authorities.

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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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