Random music news for Thursday, December 31, 2020

As this wretched, wretched year comes to an end, here’s something else to be paranoid about: You are nothing but a simulation. You’re welcome. Once you digest that, you can move on to music news for December 31, 2020–if it matters anymore.

  1. No New Year’s party for Diddy. Well, duh.
  2. Meanwhile, there’s this guy who thinks God is going to stop his concerts from being superspreader events.
  3. Will concerts make a comeback in 2021? Let’s examine that.
  4. Art Bergman has been appointed to the Order of Canada.
  5. There’s another epidemic spreading among musicians: addiction.
  6. The record-breaking chart fall of Taylor Swift’s Willow album shows how broken the charts are.
  7. Cardi B has settled a US$30 million lawsuit with her former manager…
  8. …and now she’s going after Peppa Pig. Wait–what?
  9. Got a Tesla? Apple Music seems to be on the way for your vehicle…
  10. …and you can now change the sound of your horn to a fart. Or a goat.
  11. Vinyl seems unstoppable–in the US, anyway.
  12. An ancient Joni Mitchell recording has been found in a BC basement. It’s her earliest known recording.
  13. There’s an interesting Spotify loophole that’s costing artists money.
  14. For some reason, cassette sales doubled in the UK this year. The biggest seller? Lady Gaga. (Via Sean)
  15. Here’s a list of musicians who died in 2020.

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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