Music Biz Headlines: April 28, 2017

Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might like to read today...

Trio Magnifico lives up to its name

Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov and Dmitri Hvorostovsky deliver music by turns blistering, luscious and exquisite – Catherine Kustanczy, Toronto Star

Fling’s founder has started a new music streaming startup after burning through $21 million

Marco Nardone is behind Gig FM, a streaming service planning to allow musicians to broadcast live performances to users – Sam Shead, UK Business Insider

It's no longer kemo sabe for Kemosabe Records' Dr. Luke

His deal with Sony Music was valued at $60M a few years back but the Kesha litigation has hit his run of hits and now he is without his label and out at Sony -- Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter

What the music industry 'comeback' really looks like

When it comes to comebacks, this isn’t exactly a New England Patriots finish.  At least not yet.  But according to data shared this morning with global industry trade group IFPI, at least things are moving in the right direction --Paul Resnikoff, Digital Music News

Record Store Day by the numbers

The Nielsen Co. offers some historical data about the growth of the campaign that has seen vinyl sales surge. The data are drawn from American store reports as there are few independent stores in Canada wired to provide Nielsen SoundScan with comparative data -- Nielsen Insights

You've never heard of tech legend Bob Taylor, but he invented 'almost everything'

Taylor kick-started the internet when he convinced his boss to invest $500K of taxpayer money to build a computer network. That network was the Arpanet, precursor to the internet. In 1972, Taylor midwifed the birth of the modern personal computer at Xerox PA -- Leslie Berlin, Wired

Take a trip inside Coachella's psychedelic 120' VR dome

The steel and vinyl dome outfitted with 108 speakers, 15 projectors, and 500 seats immerses viewers in a classic psychedelic story: the metamorphosis of a caterpillar -- Charley Locke, Wired

25 songs that tell us where music is going

Black people have never been necessary to make black music. But it has become obligatory for white artists who do (and who win prizes for it) to pay a public contrition tax to their black peers -- Nitsuh Abebe, NY Times Magazine

A successful TV music supervisor does a walk-through

The prices of songs are negotiable and depend on a lot of factors: budget, length of use, distribution plan for the project (or commercial—what’s the media buy?), interest from the artist, interest from rights holders. Even how much the actors got paid can affect the price of a song - Valerie Veteto, Pitchfork

5 albums recorded in strange ways that still sound great

Most audio engineers will tell you that there’s a right way and a wrong way to record music, and if you’re going into the studio to make an album, it’s worth taking the time to do things right. Not every great album, however, was recorded using the “right” methods -- Casey van Wensem, SonicBids Blog

Chance The Rapper Clowns Major Labels At His Concert

The hiphop star remains fiercely independent, and at his San Diego show this week he openly mocked the majors -- Maurice Garland, Hip Hop Wired

Toronto-born conductor clicks with Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Guest conducting in Philadelphia led to Peter Oundjian,  music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, landing gig in Scotland -- William Littler, Toronto Star

Prince palace back on the block

The 14,500 square-foot compound features purple carpeting and Prince's symbol as reminders that the Toronto home once belonged to the musician -- Kelly Mclaughlin, Daily Mail

In 'The Last Songwriter,' Garth Brooks and fellow writers sound alarm for the future of the craft

Much of the storyline in the doc will be familiar to most music industry observers. Songwriters’ profession is overseen by copyright laws that were created mostly before the Internet’s existence. While artists and record companies, who hold the rights to the actual sound recordings of songs, have a certain amount of flexibility in negotiating prices and usage of their music, songwriters and publishers have many of their royalties regulated by the government and receive only a fraction of the artists’ rate in many key formats, particularly digital sales and streaming -- Tom Roland, Billboard

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