Random Music News for Saturday, December 17, 2016

Flying back from the NE Caribbean Command Post today. Just in time for another snowstorm, too. And now, the music news…

  1. Drake’s “One Dance” is the first song to be streamed 1 billion times on Spotify…
  2. …and Coldplay is the world’s most-streamed band.
  3. Is aKimye divorce in the works?
  4. Fans vow a boycott if Andrea Bocelli sings at the Trump inauguration.
  5. Meanwhile, David Foster (a Canadian!) is said to be organizing the inauguration event.
  6. HMV confirms that their flagship store at 333 Yonge in Toronto is 100% safe.w
  7. Wait: the Rolling Stones have waived some royalties?
  8. A UK pirate has been sentenced to a year in jail for illegally sharing music.
  9. Here’s an example of an ordinary person performing music straight from the soul.
  10. The concert business is now a $25 billion industry.
  11. Here’s another list of essential records for any vinyl collection.
  12. Brian Eno’s upcoming album will be available with an app that will continuously regenerate the music. You can make the whole thing endless.
  13. The singer for Eyehategod received his liver transplant.
  14. A long-lost Christmas drinking song has been discovered at Oxford.
  15. Pitbull is wrapped up in a weird Florida tourism scandal.
  16. Interesting: streaming censorship is affecting queer culture.

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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