Music News: New 'Baby It's Cold Outside' tops Spotify viral chart


Josiah Lemanski and Lydia Liza
Josiah Lemanski and Lydia Liza at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)

With their new version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" released as a single on Rock the Cause Records, Minneapolis musicians Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski have a hit on their hands. The single topped the streaming service's "Viral 50" chart first among American listeners, and then globally. Among recent press for the single is a feature on Nightline.

Why wasn't Bowie Gandalf?

It's been long rumored that David Bowie was in the running to play Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s classic Lord of the Rings movies. So why didn't he? In a new interview, the films' casting director Amy Hubbard confirms that Jackson had the idea to approach Bowie — but it turned out, unsurprisingly, that Bowie was just "far too busy." Just about anyone might have been too busy for that gig, though: principal photography for the trilogy lasted for over 14 months. (Billboard)

Chance does SNL, Sturgill's got next

Chance the Rapper was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend, performing two songs and helping spoof Run-D.M.C.’s "Christmas in Hollis," with a cameo from D.M.C. himself.

Up next: surprise Best Album Grammy nominee Sturgill Simpson, who will be the musical guest on Jan. 14.

The Boss picks his desert island tracks

What eight songs would Bruce Springsteen bring to a desert island? Classics by the Beatles ("I Want to Hold Your Hand") and the Rolling Stones ("It's All Over Now"), among others, but the song that Springsteen told the BBC might top his list is Bob Dylan’s "Like a Rolling Stone," which Springsteen called "one of the most powerful records ever made." (Rolling Stone)

Tina Turner musical coming

Theatergoers will soon be able to see a musical that tells the true story of Tina Turner. Tina: The Musical is now being workshopped in London, with Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd and The Mountaintop playwright Katori Hall attached. (Billboard)

All I Want for Carpool is You

Mariah Carey joined James Corden for a Carpool Karaoke version of her hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You," and the resulting video includes takes on the track by Adele, Elton John, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Lady Gaga.

Mick Jagger's new baby has a heckuva name

If you were worried that Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Melanie Hamrick would steal the name you were planning to give your own baby, you're probably safe. According to a since-deleted Instagram post from big sister Elizabeth Jagger, the baby's name is Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger. (The Guardian

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