Broken Social Scene jamming on stage at the Pitchfork Music Festival
Broken Social Scene jamming on stage at the Pitchfork Music Festival

Liner Notes: Bullet News For July 22nd

Celine Dion’s two concerts, at Antwerp’s Sportspaleis and nine at AccorHotels Arena in Paris earlier this month, sold 141,800 tickets and grossed US$23.2m. In Paris, the gross of $18.4m from 110k sold seats made the it the 4th highest-grossing concert engagement of 2016, according to Billboard rankings.

Dion will begin an unprecedented 10-show run at Montreal’s Bell Centre on July 31. It is one of three venues she appears at in her home province that wraps at the end of Aug.

Since 2011, the global chanteuse has generated over $120m in ticket sales. Her new album, titled Encore un soir (One more evening), will be released on Aug. 26. The title song, written by Jean-Jacques Goldman, is dedicated to her late husband René Angélil, who died in January 2016.

Encore un soir topped the charts in France, Quebec and the French-speaking part of Switzerland following its release in late May. It also reached the top ten in Luxembourg and Belgium. It debuted on the Quebec singles chart at No. 1 and peaked on the essentially English AC chart in Canada at 39.

Songwriter Goldman has worked frequently with Dion over the years. He’s one of France’s most commercially adept singer-songwriters with a massive following in the French-speaking world. He was also key to the song list on Dion’s 1995 album Deux, which went on to sell more than 10m copies, ranking it as the best selling French-language album of all time.   

Dion was making news again last night, on the Jimmy Fallon show. Here she is as the two of them run through a clutch of impersonations and it's a blast.


-- Alanis Morissette has reached an out-of-court settlement with her former manager whom she sued for US$15m, claiming he stole millions from her bank accounts.

In the lawsuit against Jonathan Schwartz and his company GSO Business Management, Morissette said that when her new manager Howard Grossman found that almost $4.7m in cash had been transferred from her accounts,

Schwartz denied any wrongdoing.

The money was allegedly stolen over the course of 116 transactions and when Morissette and her new financial manager presented their evidence to GSO and Schwartz, he claimed the singer had asked him to withdraw the money and invest it into a marijuana business, a claim which she has always denied. GSO - who have managed the finances of Beyoncé and Mariah Carey - backed the singer and is in the process of suing Schwartz.

The company said in the statement: "GSO appreciates the patience, cooperation and trust that Alanis showed in allowing GSO to address this matter,” further adding that they are: "Committed to cooperating fully with any criminal proceedings that may result against Mr. Schwartz.” – Bang Showbiz, Sunday World

-- The column hears that Nielsen SoundScan Canada is readying a new backend to present to clients. Presumably the new dashboard will offer complementary data points now on offer from new kid in town, Border City Media’s BuzzAngle. The former’s lock on the market is now up for grabs.

Its strength has been its efficiency mining data going back to 1986, useful to marketing teams in projecting sales for new releases by established artists. But, that paradigm has been fast defenestrated with the over-arching shift from music sales to streams.

In round figures, there’s a pile of money up for grabs, possibly near as much as $1m, from clients currently subscribing to Nielsen data.

-- Canada’s secure digital content platform Yangaroo has announced that it has partnered with MTV Latin America to deliver music videos in HiDef to all three of the network’s feeds from Mexico south, as well as the US-based broadcast, digital, cable and satellite network MTV Tr3s that reaches 36m pay TV households in the US.

This service will now be available to the Latin music divisions of U.S. based major record labels, as well as the thousands of Indie labels and artists throughout the world.

It also extends an earlier agreement between Yangaroo and Viacom Media Networks which owns MTV. “We have been working on the launch for some time,” said Cliff Hunt, Founder & COO Yangaroo Inc. “Latin music is a major, and growing segment of the industry and we are excited to be able to play a role in helping record labels and artists get their music videos to the broadcasters in the most effective way possible.”

-- How did the music industry come up with a formula to turn audio streams into money?

This Schoolhouse Rock-inspired cartoon offers a singable history lesson. Thanks to Olie Kornelsen for this courtesy of Streamhouse Rock vignette from Hits Daily Double.



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