Random Music News for Tuesday, December 6, 2016

On this day in 1941, Canada declared war on Finland. (It’s complicated; we followed the UK and Finland was at the time occupied by Germany.) And now, the music news.

  1. This new rock opera is dedicated to the women of the space race. Hey, it’s better than a revival of Cats, right?
  2. Iggy Pop has traded in his sports car. Here’s why.
  3. Infamous UK pirate radio station Radio Caroline wants to be back on the air for its 50th anniversary.
  4. A good plan: People are waking up to the fact that we have to find a way to store all the material that’s on cassettes.
  5. Meet the black metal musician who accidentally ended up being elected a city councilor in Oslo, Norway.
  6. Here’s why classical music is secretly insane.
  7. The “day the music died” in Cuba.
  8. How mixtapes changed the world of hip hop.
  9. Beyonce is apparently shortlisted for Time’s Person of the Year. She’s up against Trump and Putin.
  10. The owner of the Pulse nightclub–remember that awful massacre last year?–won’t sell to the city of Orlando so they can tear it down and put up a memorial.
  11. Would you want to be Morrissey’s management? Here’s the kind of thing they have to deal with.
  12. With about a month to go before Christmas, album sales in Canada are -21.4% compared to last year. Vinyl is up 28.3%.
  13. A bunch of K-pop stars have been caught up in a diplomatic hissy fit between South Korea and China.
  14. This guy from New Zealand claims that he’s Prince’s father.

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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