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Random music news for Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January is half over. That’s the kind of thing I’m holding onto right about now.

  1. The average Spotify users pays US$5.50 per month. That average is dropping, too, which is bad news for labels and artists.
  2. Celine Dion has pulled her duet with R Kelly, just like Lady Gaga did.
  3. Travis Scott apparently consulted with Colin Kaepernick before he took the Super Bowl halftime gig.
  4. This Cantopop singer is taking on the political establishment in Hong Kong.
  5. Alicia Keys will host this year’s Grammy Awards.
  6. Why is “Baby Shark” is so catchy? Let’s ask science!
  7. Wait: We’ve been doing the “YMCA” dance wrong all these years?
  8. First, they developed their own whiskey. Now Metallica has their own beer.
  9. Music videos will continue to evolve in 2019. Here’s what to watch for.
  10. Is Drake the next person to get a Las Vegas residency? Maybe.
  11. Fun: 20 things you probably didn’t know about Dave Grohl.
  12. Yep, this sounds like Bez.
  13. Ed Sheeran: The movie.
  14. Skittles: The Broadway musical/Super Bowl commercial.
  15. Toto: The never-ending performance of “Africa” in the middle of the desert.
  16. Damn, I wish we got Hulu in Canada if just for this Fyre Festival documentary.
  17. Damn again: Another famous music magazine bites the dust.
  18. Kanye West just wrote a cheque for $10 million to an artist for an installation.
  19. An egg? Why an egg?

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2 thoughts on “Random music news for Wednesday, January 16, 2019

  • The Fyre Festival doc apparently will be on Netflix in Canada on Friday. There is a trailer on their site now.

    • Ouch – they are different docs. Didn’t catch that initially.


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