Random Music News for Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Douglas DC-3 took to the air for the first time on this day in 1935. A lot of these workhorses are still flying, too. And in music news…

  1. To combat loitering and vandalism, a British bus station has weaponized the music of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
  2. The Canadian club crisis continues. The Railway Club, an iconic music venue in Vancouver, is up for sale and people are worried about its future. Same thing for Zaphod Beeblebrox in Ottawa.
  3. Canadian artists had a fantastic year on the world charts. That means lots of royalty revenue.
  4. NPR’s complete list of songs they liked in 2015. (Via Tom)
  5. This woman claims that Taylor Swift stole something from her.
  6. Now Spotify wants to be the algorithm DJ for your next party. Here’s what I mean by that.
  7. This new artwork book based on Nine Inch Nails looks interesting.
  8. Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria has covered Adele’s “Hello.”
  9. Is it just me or is LL Cool J a really awful Grammy Awards host? If so, why is he coming back for a fifth year?
  10. Ratings for Fox’s Empire may be down, but retail is up.
  11. This new copyright ruling regarding music netcasters is for the US, but you can bet that it will have repercussions worldwide.
  12. Two words that don’t often go together: karaoke piracy.
  13. Rapper Azealia Banks was arrested for biting the boob of a club security guard.
  14. Meanwhile, Dolores O’Riordan has pleaded guilty to being really, really bad on an airline flight.
  15. Apple now has Star Wars Radio.
  16. Billy Joel just sold out his 30th show at Madison Square Garden.
  17. You saw today’s Beethoven-related Google doodle, right? This explains it.

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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