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Published on December 9th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Saturday, December 9, 2017

On this day in 1979, it was announced that that smallpox virus, a disease that killed and disfigured untold millions, had been eradicated. What did it? Vaccines. And now, some music news for December 9.

  1. Tool drummer Danny Carey says there will “definitely” be a new album in 2018. But we’ve heard that line before…
  2. The Ontario government is thinking about creating an official position of Poet Laureate in memory of Gord Downie.
  3. Chester Bennington’s widow is super-pissed at the LA County Corner and TMZ for publishing a suicide attempt story about Chester that she says isn’t true.
  4. A fun list: Superstars who offered up songs for movie soundtracks only to have them rejected.
  5. Were you ever into straight edge hardcore? Then this new book is for you.
  6. Dr. Dre still claims to be embarrassed by his musical past.
  7. More on the streaming wars: Amazon’s streaming service just went online in 28 more countries…
  8. …and the new YouTube service (codenamed “Remix”) should be online by March. More on that here.
  9. Here are the top ten new podcasts in the US for 2017…
  10. …and the overall top 20. (No Ongoing History here. Must have been a data error…)
  11. Another good list: The top performers on SoundCloud in 2017.



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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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