Today's collection of recent news, features and opinions we found on the web that we thought might be of interest to our readers.
Think Canada is a progressive paradise? That's mooseshit. We broker deals for an obscene number of weapons, and we frequently run roughshod over the rights of indigenous people. And don’t even get us started on your favourite wonderboy Justin Trudeau -- Jesse Brown, The Guardian
Bob Dylan played in Bobby Vee's band? Yup, it was only for a brief moment, but Dylan was hired as a piano player and could only play in the key of C-- and money was scarce for both of them and so they went their separate ways -- Heavy
How Spotify can become a next generation 'label': At the moment the streaming platform is a retail channel with bells and whistles. But it is acquiring so much user data and music programming expertise that it can be so much more than that -- Mark Mulligan, Music Industry Blog
Music labels finally hear the sweet sound of success: Retail revenue in the U.S., the world’s biggest music market, increased 8.1% in the first half as streaming sales rose 57%, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The music market is still around half what it was nearly two decades ago, but at least the industry seems to have found a way to get people paying for music. Spotify had 40 million paid subscribers as of September, doubling from June last year -- WSJ
Drake stops by to visit friend's Windsor wedding, and keeps Spago's open for a late pasta dinner with friends -- Windsor Star
John Cale to play Velvet Underground and Nico album: Concert set for Liverpool next May, on the 50th anniversary of the seminal album's release -- BBC.com
Taylor Swift's 10 years at the top: As told in her song lyrics -- The Telegraph