The band Magic! has been in need of a magician to shake their coconuts and oust the one-hit wonder legacy that has hung over them like palm fronds at a Good Friday church service. And it appears they have found what they have been looking for.
The group is reuniting with Shakira to work on the belle's 11th album. The Rude Boys hitched a ride on her last album, in particular on the track “You Don’t Care About Me” that was a co-write between Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger and Chantal Kreviazuk.
Clearly, Shakira does care--and there is magic in the air...once again.
-- Warner Music rush-released Twenty One Pilots (TOP) “Heathens” to CHR/Top 40 radio Monday. The song, included on the Aug. 5 best-selling Suicide Squad s/t, first leaked on June 16, a day following TOP tweeting a message in Morse code which read "takeitslow", a lyric taken from the hit song. Warner reacted by quickly releasing the track to online music stores, suggesting the leak may have been intentional. “Heathens” has subsequently become a certified Gold selling download (40K). Yesterday, Warner gave “Heathens” an unconditional full-service release after initial Rock radio support--with company rep Taylor Herperger adding a note of explanation: “We are servicing the track to CHR/Top 40 radio ahead of schedule due to overwhelming demand and early adds!”
-- Sloan is on the road this year celebrating the 20th anniversary of their landmark album, One Chord To Another. The quartet has been together for 25 years and fallen victim to critical praise without a real payday to show for what they’ve done. Haligonian guitarist Jay Ferguson tells the Ottawa Sun, “I think just not being extremely successful nor being an extreme failure has kept us working” all these years.
-- Pandora has launched three new charts that you might want to know about, realizing that most of us north of the border aren’t supposed to be listening to the online radio service.
- Pandora Trendsetters measures which emerging artists were trending last week
- Pandora Predictions predicts which artists will be popular in the future
- Pandora Top Spins measures which tracks were spun the most last week
-- Oshawa blues-rock duo The Standstills joins I Mother Earth and Our Lady Peace in mid-October. The shows are part of a larger national tour Johnny Fox and Renée Couture are on to promote their fourth EP, Out from the Devil’s Porch. Opening date is Whoop-Up-Days in Lethbridge on Aug. 26 with the final show at Casino Rama on Nov. 5. And here’s one from the EP.
-- We missed the mark in celebrating Acadian Day in Canada on Aug. 15, but that doesn’t prevent us from celebrating the fact just the same. Edmonton country songwriter E Frank Murphy has written a lot of songs and released more than a few tracks and “Les Acadiens, Les Metis and Me” is one of them—available through most better known online music stores.
-- Hawksley Workman is releasing a children’s book edition as a way of celebrating the 15th anniversary of his classic Christmas LP Almost a Full Moon. Noted New York illustrator Jensine Eckwall brings her imaginative skills to work in illuminating Workman's lyrics in a book set to be published Sept. 6 by Tundra Books, the children’s book imprint of Penguin Random House Canada. There’s also a 500-copies vinyl edition of the album that comes with a download card and some other stuff that comes out in conjunction with a seven-city, nine show tour that opens in Winnipeg on Dec. 5. Details here.
-- There’s an off-beat picture of Eric Clapton salmon fishing in Iceland that can be found here. As Kerry Doole remarks, “Slowhand isn’t so slow here.”
--The 2016 Harvest Picnic takes place August 26-28 at Christie Lake in Dundas, Ontario. Organizers yesterday announced the final additions to the bill: Justin Dunlop, Jessie Bower, Jessica Mitchell, Tomi Swick and The Redhill Valleys. They join previously-announced headliners Johnny Reid, Ian Tyson, Ryan Adams, Cowboy Junkies, Rheostatics, Jim Cuddy Band, Great Lake Swimmers, Joel Plaskett Emergency, and Sylvia Tyson. A 4 for 3 ticket offer for the Harvest Picnic on Aug 28 was also announced. See the full lineup here.
-- A very popular member of Hamilton’s music community, drummer Jack Pedler (Teenage Head, Ray Materick), is ill with diverticulitis, a condition forcing him to cancel gigs for the next few months. Musician pal Lori Yates has set up a GoFundMe page to see Pedler through this rough patch. Check it out here
-- Bon Iver’s long-awaited new album, 22, A Million, comes out on Sept. 30. For a full insight into the 10-song collection, collaborator Trever Hagen has written an essay brimming with hogwash and the incomprehensible song list with credits can be viewed here. As fan Tara tweeted after seeing this calamity of hieroglyphics, “the track list looks like what happens when you clean your keyboard.”
-- Toronto's media are having a serious bout of Beatlemania, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Liverpool group's appearance at Maple Leaf Gardens, on Aug. 17, 1966. In recognition of the occasion, a series of related events are scheduled. On the 17th, the Classic Albums Live crew will play at Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre (the former site of MLG), recreating the set list performed a half-century back; the day following, The Dreamboats crank out a set list of Mop Top songs at College Park Courtyard, The Massey Hall Band gets into the act on the 19th at Dundas Square, A Hard Day's Night screens at 8 and 11pm at St. James Park on the 25th with a show by the Rattles thrown in for good measure--and the City's Museums & Heritage Services is collaborating with curators, collectors, musicians, community partners and sponsors to create '60s-themed exhibits and events at The Market Gallery inside the St. Lawrence Market. Oh, and Mayor John Tory (present at the '66 concert) has officially proclaimed Aug. 13-21 as Beatles Week. More info here