Random Music News for Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sixty years ago today, the first-ever Boeing 707 took flight. It was the true beginning of the jet age. And now, the music news for December 20.

  1. This is NOT how you should listen to “Jingle Bells.”
  2. How about some Christmas songs done in the style of the Twin Peaks soundtrack?
  3. Linkin Park performing with a hologram of Chester Bennington? “Never!” they say.
  4. Morrissey says he was interviewed by the Secret Service over some Donald Trump comments.
  5. An idea whose time has come: Cell phone glass that heals itself.
  6. The biggest major label in the world just got bigger.
  7. Taylor Swift’s new app has been invaded by Trump trolls and various flavours of homophobes. What’s wrong with people?
  8. Looking at Canadian music sales vs. this time last year: Total album, -16.8%; digital albums, -23%; physical albums, -12.7%; CDs, -14.6%; vinyl, +23.5%; streaming, +72.4%.
  9. Sometimes a spelling mistake on a record label can mean big, BIG dollars.
  10. Someone has done a documentary on the buskers of Toronto. Here’s the trailer.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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