Music News: Watch a special Christmas all-star edition of Carpool Karaoke

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Reggie Watts and James Corden in a Carpool Karaoke sketch.
Reggie Watts and James Corden in a Carpool Karaoke sketch. (CBS)

Harry Styles, Katy Perry, Usher, Bruno Mars, the Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, Pink, Sam Smith, Fifth Harmony, Ed Sheeran, and Kelly Clarkson join James Corden and his Late Late Show bandleader Reggie Watts in a very special holiday edition of Carpool Karaoke. The song: "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town."

"Unfortunately," as Rolling Stone notes, "Corden and Watts are the only two stars in ugly sweaters."

Remembering Pat DiNizio

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Pat DiNizio, frontman of venerated alt rockers the Smithereens, has died of unidentified medical issues at age 62. Favorites on college radio in the '80s, the Smithereens broke through with Top 40 hits in "A Girl Like You" and "Too Much Passion." In later years, DiNizio launched a successful solo career and was among the early pioneers of online subscription platforms as support for original music. (Billboard)

The Cure announce 40th anniversary show

The Cure have announced a huge show to celebrate their 40th anniversary as a band. Interpol and Goldfrapp will be among several acts joining the Cure on July 7 at BST Hyde Park in London for what will amount to a mini-festival that will also be the headliners' only European show of 2018, they say. (Rolling Stone)

The Killers pledge to "take care of" photographers, photographers say that's not the kind of "care" they had in mind

The day after an incident last weekend where Josh Homme kicked a professional photographer during a Queens of the Stone Age show, the Killers played the same Los Angeles stage as part of the same event, KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas.

Brandon Flowers made a point of bringing the Killers' own staff photographer Rob Loud on stage, saying "I'm not going to kick you in the face, it's okay." He added, "I just want to tell you to tell all your friends that you're welcome here, and at Killers concerts you're safe and respected."

Music photographers tell Billboard their response to Flowers's remarks is, thanks but no thanks. Why? Because the Killers rarely allow any photographers other than their own staff to cover their shows.

"It didn't feel supportive coming from someone prevents us from doing our job as press," said one photographer, Amy Harris. "It is extremely frustrating for media professional photographers to travel to and shoot shows and festivals for their respective outlets, and not be able to cover the headlining acts. The artists don't seem to care about press."

Der Spiegel releases Morrissey audio

The Morrissey-Der-Spiegel saga continues. After the former Smiths frontman refuted comments he made in an interview with German news outlet Spiegel Online, suggesting that his words had been distorted, the publication released audio of the interview. You can listen to all 43 minutes of the interview, in which...yep, he says what they said he said about sexual assault and other topics. (Pitchfork)

David Byrne announces most ambitious tour since Stop Making Sense

David Byrne has announced a new tour that he says will be his most ambitious outing since his former band Talking Heads played the gigs captured in the classic 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense. Byrne is also working on a new solo album, with collaborators including key Talking Heads producer Brian Eno.

Unfortunately the tour currently doesn't come any further west than Pennsylvania, but here's hoping he adds dates. (Pitchfork)

Stephen Malkmus covers Squidbillies theme

There's another Squidbillies theme cover, this one by Stephen Malkmus. "We decided to 'bash it out' in a loose, rock band style, keeping the same general chord progressions as the original," says the former Pavement man. (Pitchfork)

Alabama gets taught

There was a lot that was surprising about yesterday's special election in Alabama, in which Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore for the seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The capper to an unexpected evening, though, came when Jones walked offstage at his victory rally — to the strains of Cali Swag District’s 2010 floor-filler "Teach Me How to Dougie." (Pitchfork)


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