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Published on December 1st, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Friday, December 1, 2017

Yep. December. And that bougainvillea in my backyard has finally died. That was one tough tropical plant. And now the music news for December 1.

  1. In the latest #MeToo news, Russell Smith, head of Def Jam Recordings, is stepping away over sexual accusations.
  2. And then there’s Isaac Horovitz, the father of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz. Adam believes the allegations.
  3. One of the biggest radio groups in the US just went bankrupt.
  4. Drake has put his rap career on hold to work as…a Raptors sportscaster?
  5. Isaac Brock, the singer for Modest Mouse, has been sued for $1 million over a 2016 traffic accident.
  6. Were you ever a fan of the band Boston? Singer Brad Delp’s personal possessions are up for sale.
  7. This bit of singing is not good for Victoria’s Secret’s image.
  8. Rob Zombie has narrated a documentary on Charles Manson.
  9. Radiohead will not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Surprise!
  10. Royalty rates for streaming music services will go up slightly in 2018.
  11. Are you a songwriter? Or maybe just interested in how songs are written? Then read this fascinating article on song structures.
  12. So who should perform at Harry and Meghan’s wedding? Harry is a huge metalhead, but that’s probably not going to matter. Meanwhile, this guy is offering his services.
  13. Speaking of services, this dude from Liverpool has been teaching kids in Taiwan to speak like the Beatles.
  14. If you don’t remember any of these musical things, you’re too young.
  15. The sister of long-gone Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards still won’t believe he’s dead.
  16. How the Chinese demand for rosewood is affecting certain musical instruments.
  17. Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle to some) has died at 87.
  18. Yes, Taylor Swift’s Reputation is coming to streaming.



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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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