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Published on December 14th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Thursday, December 14, 2017

Still in Hoi An, Vietnam, where it still seems to be the law that every single establishment play Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” at least once every twenty minutes. That isn’t an exaggeration. And now, music news for December 14.

  1. Speaking of which, that song has just beat the Pogues “A Fairytale of New York” as the top Christmas song in the UK.
  2. Canadian music sales last week vs. this time last year: Total albums, -16.6%; digital albums, -22.8%; physical albums, -12.3%; CDs, -14.2%; vinyl, +22.5%; streams, +73.5%.
  3. Let’s see if you agree with this: The most overrated albums of 2017.
  4. Tinder has just hooked up with Spotify.
  5. Still with streaming, there’s a rumour that Tidal has just six months money left. Tidal denies it, of course.
  6. What is this mysterious hum generated that’s been recorded from deep inside the planet?
  7. Melissa Etheridge just quit a gig at Sirius XM over Steve Bannon.
  8. Interested in how artificial intelligence is creeping into the music industry? Then read this.
  9. Voice assistants are now used by 46% of Americans, mostly on their mobile phones.
  10. This guy once had a job making beats for Saddam Hussein. And you thought you hate YOUR job…
  11. A Christmas song resulted in another hippopotamus.
  12. Here’s a ranking of all 218 U2 songs from worst to best.
  13. INXS is getting its own museum. In Australia, of course.
  14. Here’s a fun gift guide for the musicians on your list.
  15. And here’s another gift guide from SOCAN



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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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