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Published on December 1st, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Saturday, December 1, 2018

Four more shopping weekends until Christmas. How’s your shopping going? Let’s move to music news for Saturday, December 1, 2018.

  1. Wait: Ozzy nearly died because of a bad manicure?
  2. Audio fun: Why you can’t listen to two people talking about different things at the same time.
  3. Legal fun: Tommy Lee vs. Travis Scott.
  4. If you’re looking for a turntable, here are the picks of the best new units of 2018.
  5. If you’re looking to build a vinyl collection, here are 18 albums everyone should own.
  6. And you want to know how to listen to music more critically, read this.
  7. Apple Music is coming to Amazon Alexa speakers.
  8. The most-streamed artist in the world on Spotify is now Ariana Grande.
  9. This is how much the average American spends on media per year. That used to be my budget for buying records.
  10. VUE, the Edmonton alternative weekly, has published its last issue.
  11. Music festivals are on the rise in Asia.
  12. The music industry wants the US Government to declare “unauthorized streaming” a felony.
  13. There’s a proposal in Australia to put a 10% cap on the resale of concert tickets. Here’s the Labour Party’s full music platform.
  14. This app is a social network for short-form podcasts.
  15. Let’s take a look at the potential business case for melding music with VR.
  16. There should be more Spotify add-ons like this.
  17. More people seem to be gaming the Apple iTunes podcast chart.
  18. Paul McCartney fans should investigate this new collection.
  19. The Wizard of Oz? Really? Yes.
  20. Jay-Z doesn’t like Kanye’s MAGA hat.



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About the Author

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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