Random music news for Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Finished Netflix yet?

  1. Good riddance, 2020. Here are some songs to that effect. (Via Sean)
  2. DUMB, Steel Panther, DUMB!
  3. The U.S. government has earmarked US$15 billion for movie theatres and live event venues.
  4. Meet Merck Mercuriadis, the Canadian who wants to change everything about song publishing.
  5. Manitoba nurses are stressed to the max. There’s even a song about the situation. (Via Sean again)
  6. Till Lindeman of Rammstein is now selling vibrators. They’re called “Tilldos,” of course. Go to doctordick.de to order.
  7. Frank Zappa beer!
  8. Remember Martin Shkrelli the Pharma Bro? This is kinda insane.
  9. Surprise! It’s Rihanna!
  10. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation now has a publishing division.
  11. Apparently 2021 will be the year of the “immersive web.
  12. Taylor Swift sold a million copies of her new Evermore album in its first week.
  13. Melody Maker, the defunct UK music weekly, is returning to promote a new Netflix movie.
  14. Are these the worst songs of 2020?
  15. There’s a new book coming out on blues legend Robert Johnson.
  16. The story of this year’s Google blackouts. (Via Sean)

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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