Brett Kissel performing "We're Gonna Win the Cup" on hometown ice
Brett Kissel performing "We're Gonna Win the Cup" on hometown ice

Music News Digest: April 17, 2017

Edmonton Oilers fan and hat country star Brett Kissel has released a new song celebrating his hometown team's playoff potential.

It’s called  "We're Gonna Win the Cup!" and features audio from Oilers play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels on the team's CHED radio network.

“I’m just so excited about the Oilers and their big playoff push that they are about to embark on, so the best way for me to support a team and support the city is to put music behind it,” he told 630 CHED’s Bruce Bowie.

“I grew up obviously loving the guitar and loving country music, and it’s perfect when those two things can collide with my other biggest hobby, which is the Oilers.”

“What I did is, I’ve got a song called Started with a Song, that was my very first single,” Kissel said. “It’s a hell-raiser, it’s a good time song. So I have rewritten it to that music.”

And here he is as posted on CHED's Country-formatted sister station CISN-FM.


-- Celebs showed up to day 2 at Coachella in big numbers, some to perform ... and others to just bask in the sun. Future’s set was a centrepiece with Drake, Dolla $ign and Migos invited to share the stage and to perform individual mini-sets, and The Weeknd joined fellow Toronto XO singer Nav for a trio of tracks and a duet. It is estimated that 100K people turned out for the festival that had a diverse bill that included French rap brothers PNL, Lady Gaga, Lorde, “gender fluid” Ezra Furman and the Boy-Friends, ‘Lion King’ Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and orchestra, busted Toronto rapper Tory Lanez, and Toots Hibbert & his Maytals.

-- "That Others May Live (The Chopper Song)," a tribute in song to Canada's Search and Rescue forces, is included in Nova Scotia hat singer Jason Price's debut Grits, Guts & Country Pride album.

"My Dad was a Canadian Armed Forces Search and Rescue Pilot," he explains in detailing the back story the SARs song. "Growing up I have always been, and continue to be proud of that fact.

”A SAR squadron is family. They rely on each other, support each other, and help each other's families. They are on call 24/7 to help those that find themselves in peril and often put their own lives on the line to do so. They are not often on a battlefield but make no mistake, they are soldiers. They would without hesitation give their lives to save another. This song and video is dedicated to those who live the motto every day."


--. Toronto rapper Tory Lanez was arrested Wednesday in Broward County, Fla., and released later in the day, after posting $1K bond.

Originally pulled over for expired registration tags on a white Rolls Royce he was driving. Reports suggest Lanez, 24, also known as Daystar Peterson, was eventually dealt a couple of serious charges, in addition to his traffic violations. He was arrested after cops found in his vehicle a concealed firearm as well as less than 20 grams of marijuana. The drug charge is a first-degree misdemeanour, while the firearm possession counts as a third-degree felony, punishable by a maximum fine of $5K and up to 5 years in prison. 

-- Trade org BPI reports UK record company trade income – the combined music revenues generated through streaming and sales, performance rights, and ‘sync’ licences for use in film & TV, games and advertising – rose over 5.1% in 2016, to US$1.2B. The gain represents the largest annual total in five years.

Streaming accounted for 30% of overall income and is set to surpass CD and vinyl income this year. Subscriptions to Spotify, Apple and other sources such as Deezer accounted for 87% of the $343M in streaming income as ad-funded income wilted.

--  North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso has come up with what just might be the modern day equivalent to the Buggles now 40-year-old tongue-in-cheek eulogy, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn's "Radio" song jabs hard at gatekeepers and those in line waiting to be discovered on radio.

“Part of it was anger at the pop machine, but part of it was also anger at myself for buying into it so hard,” Meath tells Vulture magazine, which debuted the song last week. “Getting on the radio is like trying to join the Mafia,” she says.

Ironically, "Radio" is proving to be the duo's most successful radio track so far, with Sanborn receiving requests for edits bleeping out real and imagined profanities on the song that is included on their April 28 album, What Now.


-- Allen Ginsberg's 1970 MGM album, Songs of Innocence and Experience, is to be released digitally for the first time. Omnivore Recordings has the release with the beat poet warbling William Blake's poetry. The June 23 2CD and download are expanded with additional tracks and out-takes. Not included in the set is this bizarre pairing performing at the Royal Albert Hall in 1995...


-- The LA-based specialty reissue imprint Omnivore Records is also releasing a cut-down edition of last year's NRBQ 5-disc High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective this Friday. The new edition is a double-album with full-colour gatefold and a download card included.

-- 18 months after launch, the Singing Machine Co. reports the millionth karaoke video download from its Karaoke Store last week. The Floridian firm offers customers access to the world’s largest fully-licensed catalogue of karaoke videos, available as either MP4 or MP3+G file formats. The back-end delivery is handled by Montreal-based Stingray Digital Group.

-- Last week we reported Paul Brandt's 1996 hit "My Heart Has A History" made him the first Canadian male singer to reach the Billboard Country Top 10 since Hank Snow's "Hello Love" in 1973. Former Country Music News publisher Larry Delaney (now penning occasional features for Cancountry) wrote in to expand on this bit of trivia, as follows...

Hank Snow was the 1st Canadian to earn a Top 10  hit on the Billboard Charts, achieving that mark 43 times (including 7 #1 hits), his earliest coming in 1949, his latest in 1974.

Hal Willis was the 2nd Canadian male artist to earn a Top 10 hit, with his 1964 entry "The Lumberjack".  

 Just for the record, in between Hank Snow and Paul Brandt there were a number of other Canadian male artists scoring Billboard hits including, (chronologically) Gary Buck, Lorne Greene, Stu Phillips, Tommy Hunter, Ray Griff, Byron MacGregor, Gordon Lightfoot, Jack Scott, Billy Thunderkloud, Ronnie Prophet, Frank Mills, Burton Cummings (with "It Takes A Fool to Love A Fool," which peaked at 33 in 1979), The Springer Brothers, The Irish Rovers, Jimmy Arthur Ordge, Family Brown, R. Dean Taylor, Neil Young, Alibi, Shurfire, and Prairie Oyster. 

There were also 13 Canadian female artists who enjoyed Billboard chart hits between 1953 and Paul Brandt's entry in 1996.  

Since Paul Brandt's 1996 Billboard chart entry there has been 18 more Canadian Country acts to earn chart on the Billboard Country chart, four with Top 10 hits--The Wilkinsons, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Emerson Drive, and Aaron Lines.


-- Girl group Charlie Faye & the Fayettes has signed a licensing deal with Bank Robber Music.


-- Death is to be celebrated in Requiem, a Sony Classical collection recorded by a collar of youthful priests calling themselves The Fraternity. Undertakers, Goths and vampires are gonna be roaring 'hallelujah' in unison on May 12 when this collection of funeral dirges hits the ground. That Sony's marketing department missed nailing this Gregorian chant best-of for Good Friday release is simply sinful.


-- Congrats to Dallas Smith on this third chart topper, this time with the title track and third single from his third album, entitled Side Effects. Taking inspiration from the song’s lyrics, video director Stefan Berrill created a fast-paced visual, which tells the story of a guy who gets drawn into a gang and the woman who wants to help free him from that life.

“Yea that’s the thing about addicted/ You swear you’re gonna kick it/ Till the kiss pulls you back in the flame,” the Juno-winning Langley, BC native sings. When he wants out things turn ugly and...well, you watch to find out.


-- American songwriter Ryan Tedder -- who has penned hits for a galaxy of stars including Adele, Beyoncé, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift -- has partnered with global rights firm Downtown Music Publishing for 170 compositions, excluding works with his own band OneRepublic.


Allan Holdsworth, known as a guitarist’s guitarist for his progressive rock and jazz fusion work with bands including Soft Machine, Gong, and U.K., died on Sunday, according to a Facebook post from his daughter Louise. He was 70.

Tom Coyne, a Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer who worked on numerous hit recordings by Adele, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Metallica and others, died April 12 at age 62. Coyne had multiple myeloma.

Bruce Langhorne, a session guitarist active in the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s, died in a New York City hospice on April 14. According to various reports, he was the inspiration for Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" and played the solo that snakes in and out of "Subterranean Homesick Blues." His unique guitar style can be found on many classic folk albums from the 1950s and '60s, from Odetta and Joan Baez to The Clancy Brothers and Richie Havens. He was a hired hand missing a thumb, index and half of his middle finger from a childhood model rocket accident, with a unique guitar style that bent melodies in precise, yet soulful strokes. -- More about 'the hired hand' here





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