It’s a Starbucks Christmas, With Paul McCartney
Love them or hate them, Starbucks isn’t going anywhere. And they will continue to sell and slightly influence the music that people who like paying $5 for coffee will listen to and buy. Starbucks is now releasing a Christmas album in, um, October. The album will be called Holidays Rule, which leads me to believe it should be a Halloween album, no? The album is out through Starbucks own label, Hear Music, and will feature Paul McCartney, Rufus Wainwright, Calexico, Andrew Bird, and others (via Guardian).
If you want snippets of the songs, you’ve come to the right place. Check out a meaningless 30 seconds of each track below.
Coca-Cola Might Invest Big Time In Spotify
Soft drink giants Coca-Cola (that’s Coke to me) are looking to invest $10 million into music streaming service Spotify. The money is small potatoes in the grand scheme of their recent $100-$200 million funding round, and even smaller based on the $4 billion valuation of Spotify (via Hypebot).
In related news (to Spotify), there are plans to launch Spotify in Japan in January. Japan is a top 5 music market and the only top 5 market where no one uses it. COME TO CANADA ALREADY.