Random Music News for Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Off to Winnipeg for Christmas. It’ll be very white. And now, the music news.

  1. Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst has been banned from Ukraine for the next five years. Why can’t other countries follow their lead? (Fred is laughing it off.)
  2. Tesla is going to add free Spotify Premium service to the cars it sells outside the US. It’s a replacement for Rdio.
  3. Killer Mike, Big Boi and TI testify that “rap is not a crime.” (Via Larry)
  4. Meanwhile, these prisoners got their sentences extended for making a rap recording.
  5. Eagles of Death Metal talk about what it was like sharing the stage with U2 in Paris. (Larry again)
  6. Here are a few music-and-tech predictions for 2016.
  7. Metallica revealed 12 seconds of a new song when James Hetfield’s squirmy cat jumped on the computer. (It was a set-up, of course, but still…)
  8. Zambia just pardoned a singer who raped a 14-year-old and then made him an ambassador against sexual violence.
  9. This is an experiment, not torture: Someone listened to Adele’s “Hello” all day every day for a week. Here’s what happened.
  10. By the way, 25 is headed for its third million-selling week in the US. No one has even come close to doing this before.
  11. Someone found some Beethoven sheet music in a home in Connecticut. It’s work at least $100,000.
  12. Do you use BitTorrent? Here’s the state of torrents at the end of 2015.
  13. Watch a cringe-worthy marriage proposal involving a boys choir.
  14. The American left has a secret weapon to fight Donald Trump: Ricky Martin, No, really.
  15. Are you a closet Justin Bieber fan? You’re urged to come out into the light.

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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