Random Music News for Wednesday, December 2, 2015

For some reason, this date is indelibly etched into my mind because a billion years ago, my mom prohibited my 16-year-old me from driving to a concert because the weather was too bad and I became very, very pissed at her. I think the band was Prism. Hey, I was 16.

Now, the music news

  1. Police across Canada are now engaged in an epic rap battle about…winter driving? (Via Tom)
  2. You know how Courtney Cox was engaged to that dude from Snow Patrol? Never mind.
  3. This looks like a festival worth considering.
  4. The Pope has become a hip hop star. Sort of.
  5. Wait: is Apple going to make us buy ANOTHER connector cord when the iPhone 7 comes out?
  6. There’s a new playlist creator app for people with Android phones. Take a look at Backspin.
  7. This is cool: A glass tube that lets deaf people “touch” music.”
  8. Time for this debate again: How often should an artist release an album?
  9. A kid who ran an obscure music forum somehow became the target of the biggest anti-piracy case in the UK.
  10. Dude gives a ride to a stranded Public Enemy.
  11. Can your astrology sign determine your feel-good song? (Me? No.)
  12. Fiddy is working on an Entourage-like sitcom.
  13. There’s a new CEO at Jay Z’s Tidal.
  14. Here’s a cool story on Star Wars sound effects.
  15. You can bet Madonna will be careful this time.
  16. Actor Anthony Hopkins had an unusual musical surprise the other day. Watch it here. (Via Tom)

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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