Music Biz Headlines, Dec. 1, 2017

Grammy Awards 2018: How the Recording Academy has evolved toward relevance

Ten years ago, at the 50th Grammys, Kanye West was the only hip-hop artist in the race for album of the year. The 60th Grammy Awards will be a very different scene — Randy Lewis, LA Times

BBC Announces its Sound of 2018 longlist

16 emerging artists are cited, but no Canadians make the list. Previous picks have included Adele and Frank Ocean — BBC

Jimmy Iovine breaks down what's wrong with the music business

Industry mogul warns against overoptimism in streaming: They're not making money"  — Billboard

Steve Earle: the return of the country rogue

The always quotable musician talks about his new album, hicks, hippies, and ‘hip hop for people who are afraid of black people' — Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Jann Arden shares her mom's memory loss journey in new book

Over the years the multi-platinum singer/songwriter’s mother has been a part of her onstage banter, but Joan Richards, 81, is now living with Alzheimer’s disease  — Dana Gee, Vancouver Sun

Why has R. Kelly’s career thrived despite sexual misconduct allegations?

Many critics have blithely ignored the long record of charges against Kelly while celebrating his hot-and-horny jams as hypersexualized kitsch  — Jim DeRogatis, New Yorker

Our 10 favourite Canadian classical albums of 2017

There was a profusion of excellent new albums released by Canada's classical musicians this year. The list includes Daniel Taylor and Jan Lisiecki  — CBCmusic.ca 

Tribe Called Red adds Edmonton dancers to performances

Now stripped down to a duo, the Indigenous groundbreakers are adding new performance elements —Tom Murray, Edmonton Journal

London, Ontario, emerges as a Music City

In recent years, London has mapped out a strategy and hired a music industry development officer — David McPherson, Words & Music (SOCAN)

Gorillaz review – Damon Albarn refuses to be pigeonholed in hip-hop jamboree

The Blur frontman brings his animated band’s world tour to the UK, and it’s the house vocalists – such as Peven Everett and Jamie Principle – that really shine  Alex Petridis, The Guardian

Andy Shauf played a dense, dramatic set with a 10-piece band at Massey Hall

Opener Jennifer Castle, meanwhile, was completely in her element, stunning with both old and new songs — Carla Gillis, NOW

Gary Numan leaves no doubt that he's one of the greats in Vancouver

The synth-pop pioneer impresses with his concert at The Rickshaw — Rob Bailey, Georgia Straight

'Come From Away' shatters Broadway box office record

The show had its best week ever at the box office last week, raking in $1.527M (US). It's the highest for any eight-show week at the Schoenfeld Theatre The Telegram

With her swinging, relaxed new album, Diana Krall's in her comfort zone

The B.C.-raised international jazz star plays the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Dec. 1 and 2  — Peter Hum, Calgary Herald

New York punks, out of retirement

Veterans of city clubs such as CBGB and Max's Kansas City in the 1970s and '80s return to centre stage on the Lower East Side — The Globe and Mail

Who is first-time double Grammy nominee Rapsody?

The North Carolina  hip-hop artist and poet is finally getting the recognition she deserves  —  Rachel Leah, salon.com

For young Toronto band Beaches, school’s finally out

After years together, the power-pop quartet (whose members are still in their early 20s) is ready to start its ascent. As Jordan Miller says, ‘It’s all been leading up to this’  — Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

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