FYI Music for Nov 13th, 2017 - Taylor Swift, Johnny Reid, James Blonde

News Story

Monday November 13th, 2017
 
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| First Day Sales For Swift's 'Reputation' Through The Roof

 
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With only partial reports from retailers on Friday, Reputation, Taylor Swift’s new album, has chalked up 50,000 Canadian sales and it promises to become the top-selling record of the year.

 
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Media Beat

 
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| Media Beat: November 13, 2017

 
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Today's column provides a summary from the Executive Town Hall summit at the OAB convention in Toronto last week, plus changes at Bell Media radio, Torstar investment could herald change at The Star, Newcap buys two NS radio stations, and Transcontinental sells off a raft of Quebec-based magazines and local newspapers.

 
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News Story

 
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| Revival Tour Attracts Strong Showing From Johnny Reid's Tartan Army

 
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Tickets for his Revival tour went on sale on Friday, and in many markets, there was an instantaneous reaction, as is the case with most anything Reid puts his mind to. The guy is pure box-office gold.

 
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| Christmas Albums Hot On The Chart, And So Is Sam Smith

 
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Sam Smith has his first No. 1 album, Johnny Reid rockets on at 4 and seasonal titles festoon the chart, including collections from The Tenors, Michael Bublé, and Pentatonix (with video).

 
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| James Blonde Talks Career Strategy, Robbery And The Carousel Of Life In A Band

 
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While James Blonde is stoked in having a new album out, all three members admit it’s a means to an end: playing live. And their fan following is sizeable and enthusiastic to the point that when a burglary left the band members stranded in western Canada without cash or credit cards, their supporters rushed to help out.

 
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Top New Tracks From Yangaroo DMDS

 
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| Christmas Is Coming: Big Stars Releasing Hot New Tracks

 
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Shawn Hook & Serena Ryder's rhythmic-remake of "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" is the most popular download radio track in the past week. Other big names to earn traction include Keith Urban, Derik John Baker's chosen nom de plume Virginia To Vegas, and a U2 track that features a spoken-word outro by Kendrick Lamar and is the latest song from the Dec. 1 album release, Songs of Experience.

 
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Music News Digest

 
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| Music News Digest, Nov. 13, 2017

 
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Shawn Mendes' beat the odds with a mitt full of wins at the MTV Euro Awards last night (as pictured here). Other news includes Whiskey Jack earning a casting call for a Stompin' Tom induction, Montreal's Julien Lavallée gains global notoriety, John Doyle savages The National, plus a whole lot more news and entertainment in today's column.

 
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Music Biz Headlines

 
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| Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 13, 2017

 
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UK officials raid the offices of concert ticket resellers, while The Paradise Papers implicate song publishers and U2 in offshore tax avoidance schemes. Also included in today's roundup of headlines are transgender metal singer turned politician Danica Roem and The Who setting its sights on a Las Vegas residency.

 

 
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Calendar

 
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| FYI Calendar of Grant and Funding Deadlines: Nov. 13, 2017

 
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Seeking some dollars to fund your next recording or cross-country tour? Searching for showcase opportunities or conferences at which you can drum up business? Let our updated weekly calendar help in your quest. New entries this week include the Upstream and Great Escape music festivals.

 
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| Tech's Innocent Attack On Democracy

 
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Silicon Valley founders believe, ardently and innocently, that they are doing good in the world, and they see their companies as levers for world-changing improvements. But they spend all their time building products, raising money, and hiring talent, and the ideals usually end up on autopilot.

 
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