Random Music News for Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Just a reminder: It’s still not winter. And now, some music news.

  1. So what’s happening with this year’s race for the Christmas #1 insanity in the UK? Let’s get caught up.
  2. Toronto’s Fucked Up is going to stage a benefit to raise money for families evacuated from Eastern Aleppo later this month.
  3. Apple iPhone 8 rumour: The company will ditch glass for plastic to make a for a better curved design.
  4. This is the world’s smallest radio. It’s only two atoms thick.
  5. Why does sad Christmas music make us happy? There’s actually a reason for that.
  6. And what are the most popular Christmas songs by decade? Glad you asked
  7. Noticing extra songwriting credits on songs? It’s the effects of a legal chill.
  8. Glastonbury could move 100 miles from its regular spot in 2019.
  9. Madonna’s housing lawsuit isn’t sitting well with the judge.
  10. A Kanye sex tape? Yep. And Kim’s not in this one.
  11. Stevie Wonder, drummer.
  12. Lars Ulrich of Metallica remembers what happened with Napster.
  13. Apple saw 10 billion streams and podcast downloads this year.
  14. Last days of the 2016 sales year for the Canadian record industry: Total albums sales down 21.5%; digital albums down 26.2%; vinyl up 28.9%.

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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