Random music news for Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Did you know that Boxing Day is now the third busiest shopping day of the year? The busiest is the Friday before Christmas. Second is Black Friday.

  1. Here’s a house being flipped by Tony Kanal of No Doubt.
  2. Mariah Carey will play your private party–if you have the cash.
  3. Tokio Hotel’s Tom Kaulitz (29) is now engaged to model Heidi Klum (45).
  4. How smart speakers have been answering the question “Is Santa real?”
  5. There will soon be a Wu-Tang district on Staten Island.
  6. This fun: the gallery of extinct tech.
  7. Twenty One Pilots’ Josh Dun got engaged over Christmas.
  8. Here’s a trip back to the days when your colour TV was literally radioactive.
  9. A good browse: The 50 best album covers of 2018.
  10. So how is the podcast universe doing at the end of 2018? Glad you asked.
  11. Black metal has become an issue in diplomatic relationships between Taiwan and Hong Kong (and therefore China.)
  12. Here’s what the streaming music services are paying out at the end of 2018.

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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