Music Biz Headlines for April 14

News and features we discovered around the web we thought were pertinent, impertinent and/or generally worth sharing with our readers.

The sky is not falling for IP holders under Trump’s NAFTA revisit: In the event that NAFTA would be completely repealed, the impact on IP enforcement based on this treaty would likely be negligible -- David Turgeon and Christelle Gedeon, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

How Amazon is jump-starting its way to music streaming dominanceMBW

Why I hope major music publishers miss out on buying ole and Carlin Music – Simon Platz, MBW

BMG says its artists receive more than 75% of music streaming royalties: Why are other artists getting 0%? – Daniel Adrian Sanchez, Digital Music News

What caused UMG to pivot in its drawn-out talks with Spotify -– Hits Daily Double

How Weather Report rewrote the rules of jazz on Heavy Weather: No matter what kind of day, week, month or year you’ve been having, it’s impossible to stay in a bad mood when you get an earful of the opening track from Weather Report’s 1977 album Heavy Weather, released 40 years ago this month. The song’s composer, the Austrian keyboardist Joe Zawinul had an uncanny gift for fashioning first-rate soul jazz hits, since writing “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” for alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderly in 1966 – John Kruth, Observer

Kelly Rowland wants another boob job: The former Destiny’s Child star said her surgically-enhanced boobs started to look like “flapjacks” after she gave birth to her first child with husband Tim Witherspoon – Alexis Darnell, Rollingout

2017 Guide to Canadian music festivals: From the west and east coasts to the prairies to central Canada and the territories, there’s a tonne of ground to cover and no shortage of music festival fun. Plan it right, and you may have your whole summer booked by the end of April – Danielle Subject, Indie88

Hamilton Music Awards have 'quietly disappeared': Lawsuits around the failed Harvest Picnic fest being cited as reason for the demise of the city’s biggest awards show – Adam Carter, CBC

How Steve Earle got back into downtown theater: He wrote the music for and acts in “Samara,” and says ’writing a musical is an arrogant thing to do, it’s a scary thing to do' -- Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times

Six degrees of Crash Vegas's Michelle McAdorey: The folk-rock heroes reunited for two shows this week to promote the vinyl reissue of Red Earth, and the singer reminisced about earlier days on the T.O. scene – Sarah Greene, NOW

Legendary music promoter Peter Shapiro’s bold bid to fix concerts, for good:  Each of his venues has earned a reputation for well-oiled spontaneity—the kind of anything-can-happen-here ethos that’s made live music a crucial source of cultural momentum (and revenue) in the post-Napster record industry -- Wired

Bon Jovi notches its 19th appearance at the Air Canada Centre this week, more than any other act: "The band’s got such a weird hold on this city I’d be tempted at this point to attribute it to some sort of occult intervention were it not for, y’know, the tunes.” – Ben Rayner, The Star



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