Random music news for Thursday, December 5, 2019

In 1952, The Great Smog descended over London on this day. It was truly awful. Moving to music news for December 5, 2019…

  1. You know it’s getting close to Christmas when someone makes the annual call to ban The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York”…
  2. …yet it’s still the UK’s favourite Christmas song.
  3. Look out Robbie Williams. Peppa Pig might just steal the Christmas #1 from you.
  4. Willie Nelson has stopped smoking week. Emphysema.
  5. If you’re a fan of Coldplay, you’ll want to read this Rolling Stone interview with Chris Martin.
  6. Phones designed to go up your ass. You read that correctly.
  7. Capricorn Studios, a legendary recording studio in the US South has been resurrected.
  8. The Battle of the Bulges. You’ll see what I mean. (Via Tom)
  9. U2 is getting their own satellite radio channel. (Via Michael)
  10. Of the estimated 700,000+ podcasts out there, only about 15% are making money.
  11. Bon Jovi couldn’t have been happy about this.
  12. I wonder how many people are recalling their own Billie Eilish moment this week.
  13. Kid Rock’s Detroit restaurant is closing. Is this the Power of Oprah?
  14. The Great Australia-Nashville Singer Scam.
  15. More Beatles merch is on the way…
  16. …and we might see the release of some Bob Marley masters. (Via Tom again)

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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