Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 10, 2017

Music industry unsure if Taylor Swift will stream album

With her influence, pop star can dictate how her music is released – Ben Sisario, New York Times

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything – Montreal's tribute to its favourite son

The new exhibition was conceived as part of the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations – but has morphed into a thorough investigation of all things Cohen –  Melissa Locker, The Guardian

The powerful tune that drives ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’

A melody can carry an undeniable purpose even before it gets paired with a lyric –  Jon Batiste, The Atlantic

The last thing you'll ever hear: what is the world's best deathbed music?

The makers of a new show about the perfect musical farewell turned up a lot of names, from Celine Dion to U2 to Susan Boyle. But there was one clear favourite: the light-filled music of Estonia’s Arvo Pärt –  Kate Molleson, The Guardian

Sturgill Simpson stages own concert outside CMA Awards

The maverick country star was outside the Nashville arena, busking for a small group of fans — and an online audience of thousands. "I take questions about anything you want to talk about because fascism sucks,” he declared –  The Tennessean

Musical tributes provide options for Remembrance Day in Vancouver

Our most solemn holiday of the secular year, Remembrance Day, has become a focus for music in the service of memory and community. Two of Vancouver’s major classical organizations have chosen to present timely works from the great choral repertoire –  DG Duke, Vancouver Sun

All the grown-up Divas: How Miley, Demi, and Selena found their grooves

Lovato, Cyrus, and Gomez will all celebrate their 25th birthdays this year, and they all hit fame around the same time – Kelsey McKinney, Village Voice

Local Heroes: Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman of Choir! Choir! Choir!

The inclusive, no-commitment choir has become a channel for collective grief and celebration, and they're using their influence for good – Matt Williams, NOW

Nadya Tolokonnikova: My Pussy Riot jail hell — now you can try it too

The Russian activist was imprisoned for two years in Siberia. Now she’s recreating that labour camp in a Chelsea gallery  – John Nathan, The Times

Singer finds her niche in 'accidental' secular spirituals

“I don't know if it has made me more spiritual, but music has always been the place that I have the most spirit-connected experiences,” says Coco Love Alcorn – Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love, Sting & more honor Leonard Cohen at Tower of Song memorial tribute

Artists of all ages and genres, from Elvis Costello and Sting to Courtney Love, Bettye Lavette and Lana Del Rey, showed up to perform and pay tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter at the Bell Centre – Karen Bliss, Billboard

Punk road warriors Bully love touring’s ‘constant feedback’

Singer Alicia Bognanno says the band, which just played Toronto, feels ‘like you’re losing momentum when you’re not on the road'  –  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Will Booker T. Jones jam with the Drive-By Truckers in Vancouver?

The former collaborators are booked for separate shows in the city on the same night, Feb. 2 –  Steve Newton, Georgia Straight

93-5 The Move is going back to playing contemporary hip-hop

After last year's retro-pop rebrand, the former Flow radio station in Toronto will now capitalize on the popularity of local hip-hop and R&B acts such as Daniel Caesar –  Richard Trapunski, NOW

Success is natural for The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Given the success of the duo — they’ve sold over 100 million albums worldwide — it’s no surprise that The Simon & Garfunkel Story has been a major hit on London’s West End and with tours in Europe and North America – Jeff Dedekker, Regina Leader-Post

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