Drake is being sued by a record producer who alleges the “Views” rapper set him up to be attacked. Grammy-winning producer Detail claims the former “Degrassi” star, 29, had him beaten up after he refused to enter into an exclusive working agreement, reports TMZ.
-- Johnny Reid is the latest addition to Fort Mac concert fundraiser on Monday June 27 at Roy Thomson Hall that has enlisted Air Canada as its sponsor. The concert is being held to show support and help raise funds for reconstruction through the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fire Appeal. Also on the bill are Jim Cuddy, Anne Lindsay, Measha Brueggergosman, Alan Frew, Liona Boyd, John McDermott, Jackie and daughter Kim Richardson, Sophie Milman, The Lovelocks, Kayla Diamond, The Devin Cuddy Band, Pressgang Mutiny, 7Sould, Toronto Argonauts cheerleaders and members of the 2016 Toronto Firefighters Calendar. Dragons Den regular Arlene Dickinson hosts, CP24’s Steve Anthony, and guest appearances include Ronnie Hawkins, Spider Jones, and Darryl Sittler.
-- Serena Ryder returns after a lengthy absence with a new single that shipped to radio today. "Got Your Number," is the lead single from her upcoming album Utopia which will be released via Universal Music Canada. No date is given for the album’s release. The track is written by Ryder and produced by Jarrod Battis who did the same for “Stompa, (What I Wouldn't Do).” One can stream “Got Your Number” here. With the exception of an Aug. 11 Buffalo show, she’s off the road for now.
-- Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers are headed across North America this summer in support of the release of their newest album, Birds with Broken Wings, on vinyl worldwide. The tour will include stops at the Ottawa and Saskatchewan Jazz festivals, Winnipeg Folk Fest, and a performance at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto. The 22-city jaunt opens at the Perth, ON Kilt Run Festival tomorrow night (June 25).
-- Country singer and songwriter Madeline Merlo releases her Open Road Recordings single “War Paint” today. She says “It is about fighting for a loved one who is battling their way through a very difficult time.” Merlo co-wrote the track “with the hope of letting people know that no matter who they are, or where they reside, they have a champion ready to face their personal battle together. Music has a way of relating to people, that is one of the most powerful aspects of creation. I hope the healing power of music can help inspire others to see the light at the end of the tunnel. If you listen to one song on the album, let it be this one.” – Below, an unplugged version.
Led Zeppelin did not lift music that formed the basis for the group’s hit “Stairway to Heaven,” a jury found Thursday, clearing the band of accusations that it stole the opening of one of rock’s most celebrated songs. The unanimous decision by the panel of eight men and women came after a week-long trial in which Zeppelin’s guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones took the stand to rebuff the claim of thievery and tell how the band’s most famous song was created nearly half a century ago. – LA Times
-- YouTube announced at VidCon that it is adding the capability to broadcast live video right from its mobile app. This capability is said to be rolling out to select creators first, but is expected to roll out to more people later on. The service competes with Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook’s Live video option.
-- At the same conference, Facebook announced updates for its Facebook Live platform that will allow two-person remote broadcasts, pre-schedule your streams and create a virtual waiting room for viewers and broadcast with MSQRD’s face masks. Tech Crunch explains…
-- Round Hill Music has signed on as administrator for the Neil Sedaka catalogue. The folio includes co-writes such as “Stupid Cupid;” “When Love Comes Knocking at Your Door;” “Workin’ On A Groovy Thing;” and “The Hungry Years” as well as songs he recorded himself like “Stairway to Heaven,” “Calendar Girl,” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.” As an artist and has written or co-written over 500 songs for himself and others, collaborating mostly with lyricists Howard Greenfield and Phil Cody.
-- Times Music, a leading music company in India, has expanded its sub-publishing relationship with Warner/Chappell Music to cover Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The company has also renewed their deal for India.
-- Various media reports that Chicago police are on the lookout for Sinead O'Connor after the singer threatened suicide on Thursday. The news reports say that her family called Chicago police after the singer made a call to them threatening to jump off a Chicago bridge.
-- Seven months after releasing 25, Adele’s most recent album is now available to stream on Spotify.
-- Pending NY legislation will criminalize the use of ticket purchasing software, often referred to as bots.
-- The ongoing saga of electronic music promoter SFX Entertainment continues. The company has announced that it has terminated its Restructuring Agreement and will instead seek to negotiate with its creditors to reorganize.
-- In a challenge to Nielsen-SoundScan, music data and analytics company BuzzAngle Music has partnered with indie label trade association A2IM to launch a new US indie chart. The US firm has a similar deal here with CIMA to publish a Canadian Indie chart.
-- BC symphonic metal band Celestial Ruin has put out a call for a new lead guitarist. “We have major shows on the horizon and need someone committed and available to tour, domestic and internationally,” the band informs. “Our newest album was produced by famed European producer Joost Van Den Broek ( Epica, Revamp, After forever, Xandria). We are NOT looking for a hired gun or weekend warrior. Applications must have a demo and pic submitted. ALL responses with a demo and pic will be reviewed and responded too." Info@celestialruin.com.