Random Music News for Wednesday, November 23, 2016

America shuts down for Thanksgiving later today. I’ll try to keep the music news coming best I can.

  1. The Kanye meltdown was apparently sometime in the making.
  2. You know about the charity club show by Metallica in Toronto, right?
  3. Meanwhile, Metallica’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is trending to debut at #1 in 57 countries this week.
  4. Nine Leonard Cohen albums are in the Canadian Top 200 this week,
  5. You could almost see this coming: James Corden will host the 2017 Grammy Awards. Place your bets on the kind of Carpool Karaoke bit he’ll do.
  6. The new headphones can extend the battery life of your portable music device. How? Lighter drivers that take less power to move.
  7. How Donald Trump could limit freedom of the press and freedom of expression.
  8. This is a great time-lapse video of building a guitar.
  9. Leading into Black Friday, Canadian album sales are down 20.5% from this time last year. Vinyl is running ahead by about 29%.
  10. Here’s another reason why radio broadcasters should demand that wireless providers make NextRadio available to everyone in this country.
  11. Drake is the star of Apple’s new holiday shopping season video.
  12. The singer for Eyehategod needs a liver transplant. I wonder if he’s praying for a donor match?
  13. The truth comes out: The cast of Friends didn’t really like the show’s theme song.
  14. Bono and Julia Roberts, together at last.
  15. This is kinda cool: The most famous band from each US state. (Via Bobby)
  16. Wait: Is the iPhone 8 destined to be a flip phone? Maybe this is a response to The Hedgehog Problem.

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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