Greg Simpson updated his Facebook profile picture yesterday!
Greg Simpson updated his Facebook profile picture yesterday!

Liner Notes: Bullet News for May 3rd

Drake’s "One Dance" track on his latest album Views has out-streamed Adele’s global hit record "Hello" in the UK. Last week alone "One Dance," which features Wizkid and Kyla was streamed over 7.86m times, beating the previous record holder Adele, whose song "Hello" gained 7.32m streams in the first week, Digital Music News reports this morning. To celebrate his return success, the singer has picked himself up a new $300k+ McLaren 675LT. He is already the owner of a black Rolls-Royce Wraith and Mercedes-Maybach Pullman.

--Kate & Anna McGarrigle's third album Pronto Monto has been out of print since its release on vinyl back in 1978. The title is a roughly phonetic pronunciation of the French phrase "prends ton manteau", which means "take your coat" and it finally makes its CD debut July 1 via LA-based specialty reissue imprint Omnivore Records. The recording was a departure for the duo with an all-star cast and aspirations of becoming a commercial success. It failed to live up to the critical success of the pair's earlier two albums and marked the end of the sisters' career with Warner Bros.


-- The lawyers who successfully won release of the "Happy Birthday" song from the copyright clutch of Warner/Chappell Music want US$4.8m for winning the case. A judge earlier ruled the song was in the public domain, that the pubbery had no claim on it, and ordered Warner/Chappell to pay $14m to compensate parties wrongly charged fees to use the song that was first published 90 years ago.  -- Sources: Digital Music News, The Telegraph UK

Francesco Yates flanked (left-right) with Warner Canada's team: Steve Coady,
Don Delaney, Dave Stelling, Julia Hummel, and Steve Kane. The singer was
presented gold for the Robin Schultz hit single "Sugar" that features the
Canadian singer's vocal. The presentation was made at ACC where he was
performing on a bill with Hedley and Carly Rae Jepsen last Friday.

-- Radiohead’s internet presence has disappeared and the band has sent out cryptic leaflets in the mail, fueling speculation over when – and how – the band will release its ninth album. The band’s management company, Courtyard Management, has previously stated the new album will be released in June, but various followers of the Brit group are suggesting it could be coming any day. Billboard reports the group will premiere the new material at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona next month.

-- If you are a movie buff you will want to read the LA Times comprehensive listing of every summer flick and we count over 30 set for release this month alone.

--  Hulu, until now primarily a US-based rerun service for episodes of broadcast television shows, is working to create a more robust offering that would stream entire broadcast and cable channels to consumers for a monthly fee, according to the NY Times.

-- Respected pop commentator Neil McCormick teams up with Helen Brown to pick the best albums of 2016 so far in The Telegraph (UK).

-- On stage he was charismatic and electric but out of the spotlight Prince suffered bouts of sore throats and frequent stomach upsets, his personal chef tells Associated Press. Ray Roberts noticed changes in Prince's diet shortly before he died - he was eating less and drinking less water, and looked like he was losing weight. "It felt like he wasn't himself probably the last month or two," Roberts said. "I think he was just struggling with being sick a lot."

-- Lee Harvey Osmond, Lori Yates, Terra Lightfoot, Walk Off The Earth, and Whitehorse are front-runners in the Hamilton Music Awards with four nominations each. Benjamin Dakota Rogers, Duane Rutter, Monster Truck, and The Dirty Nil follow with three. The list confirms The Hammer continues to punch above its weight musically. The annual will be held May 29, at the end of a three day fest.

The launch of new TO-based digital singles, EPs and remixes label The Confidence Emperors has just been announced. Expect upcoming releases from Grand Analog, new synth duo Pyramid Tropic (featuring Will Whitwham of The Wilderness of Manitoba), Chemical Dreams, Martha and the Muffins, and Ghost Caravan. The label is run by biz veteran Graham Stairs, and it hosts a launch party/showcase at The Monarch Tavern in Toronto on May 6. We’ll have more on the label soon.

-- Bob Wiseman and Mary Margaret O'Hara teamed up to write and perform the theme song for the CBC podcast Someone Knows Something. As to be expected, these two have come up with something original, extraordinary and we think hauntingly beautiful.


-- The Smithsonian wants you to hit them with your best shot. Specifically, the Smithsonian wants your rock’n’roll shots! On December 1, 2015, Smithsonian Books and Smithsonian Media will launch and has reached out to the public to to go through their attics, basements, boxes, drawers, digital cameras, photo albums, cell phones, cloud, photo upload sites, and computer hard drives for pictures that show the greatest moments in the history of rock’n’roll. Find out more on the website.

-- "Millennials" is a song recorded entirely by Christian recording artist Micah Taylor as he introduced a talk about evangelizing Millennials and performed to the melody of the Beatles "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Dah". The parody joins a growing number of anthems about Generation Y -- born between 1980 to around 2000 -- that include Skee-Lo's "I Wish," Twenty One Pilot's "Stressed Out" and the Aquabats "Playdough."


-- Newcap National Dir./Talent Development and Vancouver OM Paul Kaye has joined Rogers Media. He is now National Format Dir./Top 40 be National Talent Coach for Rogers across all formats, All Access reported. Kaye is also the on site PD for Top 40 CKIS (KISS Toronto, replacing PD, Karen Steele, who left in February.

-- Tarzan Dan has returned to Toronto for a couple of weeks to fill in for Norm Edwards doing pm drive on ZOOMER Radio.





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