Random Music News for Thursday, December 21, 2017

Astrologists say this could be the worst day of the year. Just warning you. Here’s what’s making music news on December 21.

  1. A judge has tossed a Michael Jackson child molestation suit.
  2. Insane Clown Posse has lost a legal round with the FBI in the bureau’s designation of ICP fans as gang members.
  3. Tom DeLonge is feeling pretty good about the Pentagon’s release of formerly classified UFO material.
  4. The most-streamed Christmas song of 2017? Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” But you already guessed that, right?
  5. A new offline mode has come to Shazam.  Google’s Pixel phones already do this, but now that Shazam has been bought by Apple, iPhones won’t be far behind.
  6. About 8% of American say they want a drone for Christmas.
  7. Chrome will start blocking ads on February 15.
  8. I had no idea that Nazi symbols were an issue at concerts in Vancouver.
  9. Here are some tips on how to write a proper bio for your band.
  10. Are you nostalgic for WinAmp? Then try PlexAmp!
  11. Remember when no one in China paid for music? Tencent has convinced 120 million Chinese to pay for music now.
  12. Here’s an interesting look at the top TV shows of 2017 as well as the continuing rise of Netflix.
  13. This indie guitarist is paying off his house with streaming revenues.
  14. Looking to binge on some music documentaries over the holidays? Here’s a list to follow.
  15. Following groping allegations, Gene Simmons has been disinvited by the Friars Club.
  16. And Nelly is now being sued over rape allegations.
  17. The rest of Rolling Stone magazine has been sold.

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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