Random music news for Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Last day of the month, last day of the year, last day of the decade. Next up: the Roarin’ 20s. But first, music news for December 31, 2019.

  1. Variety has this list of the biggest music business stories of the 2010s.
  2. K-pop kings BTS are auctioning off some custom-made microphones for charity.
  3. At least some people had the moral compass to turn down an appearance at the MDL Beast music festival in Saudi Arabia…
  4. …but a lot of people went just the same.
  5. Oops.
  6. The Cats musical movie is a dog (sorry) and is probably going to lose $100 million.
  7. Why would someone do this? People can really suck.
  8. Fatboy Slim is a big fan of teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
  9. David Bowie. Cats. That is all.
  10. They’ve got all the money in the world now, but Diddy and Jay-Z almost saw their careers collapse in 1999.
  11. Here’s a list of the most popular things we bought in the 2010s. There’s some musical stuff here, too.
  12. Chateau Sammy Hagar is up for lease.
  13. Justin Bieber vs. Tim Hortons.
  14. Here’s Barack Obama’s favourite songs of 2019.
  15. Heavy metal hijabs.
  16. Mark Foster of Foster the People got married. And to actress Julie Garner, too.

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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