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Random music news for Thursday, December 7, 2023

Off on vacation until the 18th, but that doesn’t excuse me from doing music news whilst I’m away. Here’s what’s happening for December 7, 2023.

  1. RIP Denny Laine, a co-founder of The Moody Blues and one-time guitarist with Paul McCartney and Wings.
  2. Forty-three years after he was shot, John Lennon’s final words have finally been revealed in a new documentary.
  3. There’s a documentary in the works about the October 7 Hamas attack on the Supernova Music Festival in Israel.
  4. Billie Eilish says she lost more than 100,000 Instagram followers since she came out as gay.
  5. Is Spotify screwed? Is its financial model unsustainable? Maybe. (Via Andrew)
  6. The stylist who created David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust look has a memoir coming in April. Details here.
  7. Forbes is calling Taylor Swift “one of the most powerful women in the world.”
  8. Taylor Swift’s music can save your life. Here’s what that means.
  9. “I’m only seeing bands I loved when I was 14. Am I in a musical rut – or is this growing up?” Discuss.
  10. This guy releases an album every day.
  11. The Sphere is bringing in money, thanks to U2 and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.
  12. What does it take to run a music festival? Read this.
  13. So what is Michael Stipe up to these days? Glad you asked.
  14. Donald Passman was written many books on how to work with the music industry. His latest revised edition deals with AI, streaming, catalogue sales and more.
  15. Deadheads always seem to have interesting choices in Christmas merch.

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