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Published on December 5th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Think air pollution is bad today? It’s nothing compared to The Great Smog of London which descended on this city on this day in 1952. As for music news for December 5, 2018…

  1. Survey: People hate it when others video gigs with their phone (but also video gigs with their phone).
  2. Record Store Day for 2019 has been set for April 13.
  3. A movie inspired by the music of Prince is now in production.
  4. Apple Music now has 56 million subscribers. That’s up 6 million in the last six months.
  5. This is interesting: How to visualize your listening history on Apple Music.
  6. Do you have an iTunes Match subscription? Here’s how to get out of it.
  7. This is a fun look back at the days when we downloaded skins for non-iTunes MP3 players.
  8. Working in radio in Canada’s far north can be…lonely.
  9. Still with radio, here’s how the UK handles Christmas music programming.
  10. One more radio story: An interesting comment on the “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” ban.
  11. Looking for a new punk rock Christmas album? This one benefits the Humane Society. (Via Tom)
  12. Another radio story: Liberty Media, which already owns SiriusXM, is thinking about buying iHeartMedia.
  13. Midnight Oil is going to headline “the world’s most remote music festival.”
  14. “Dolly Parton’s husband fantasizes about threesome with Jennifer Aniston.” Discuss. She did.
  15. Indie record labels accounted for almost 40% of all music sales in 2017.
  16. There’s an upcoming documentary on Alain Johannes, a guy revered by some pretty big grunge rockers. Check out the trailer.
  17. If you’re confused about how the blockchain works, this explanation using Pokemon cards will help.
  18. The highest-paid person on YouTube made $22 million this year. He’s seven years old. How do you feel about your job now?
  19. Rihanna is trying to sell her house in Hollywood. It comes with its own stalker.
  20. The rehab orchestra.



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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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