Music News Digest: May 26, 2017

Formerly known as the Aboriginal Peoples' Choice Music Awards, the Indigenous Music Awards were recently held at Winnipeg's Club Regent Event Centre. Awards were handed out in 14 categories, and performers included Northern Cree, Fred Penner, Crystal Shawanda, Christa Couture, Mariame and Kimberley Dawne.

See a full list of winners here

Compact Media, the London-based world market leader in audio-visual, secondary rights management, announced today that Mark Rowland has been elevated to Vice President & General Manager and will lead the business going forward. Andy Harwood also was promoted to Vice President, Business Development. The move signals Compact Media’s renewed focus on growth through the development of broader services and new technology for the benefit of clients.

Compact Media is a division of Toronto-based global rights management firm, ole.

Jon ‘Webbo’ Webster has stepped down as President of the UK-based Music Managers Forum (MMF) after 18 months in the seat. He tells MBW he is not retiring but needs more time to pursue “a number of external projects” that include completion of a book about his life and times at Virgin Records.

The Weeknd has teamed up with American graffiti artist Futura 2000 on a limited-edition XO collection for the Starboy Legend of The Fall World Tour. The designs include bomber jackets, embroidered denim jackets, skate decks, caps, hoodies and tees. Merch company Bravado, behind many of today’s superstar pop-up shops, is handling in-store and on-site sales.

— Producers Mark Linett and Alan Boyd are behind a 2CD Beach Boys collection set for release on June 30. Titled 1967 — Sunshine Tomorrow, the set includes a stereo remix of Wild Honey, tracks from Smiley Smile and previously unreleased live in Hawaii performances. A stereo mix of Wild Honey is also set for release same day on vinyl.

— Reminder on CIMA’s Professional Development Day workshop. The one-day, lunch included event takes place Friday, June 23. Details and ducats here.

Music Nova Scotia has teamed up with Capital Networks’ CN Media Services to offer Maritime musicians an opportunity to get their music videos played across Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. There’s a caveat though. The distribution includes a contract clause giving CN Media Services a non-exclusive license in perpetuity throughout the world for streaming and broadcast of the musical composition and master recording. Details here.

— Indo-Canadian hip-hop rapper Shah has run afoul of Homeland Security, but his latest music video is earning a hot reception in Atlanta clubs. It’s a complicated story, but here’s the video for “Text Me” that has Atlanta burning up the track.

Ariana Grande cancelled concerts in London and several other European cities and suspended her Dangerous Woman world tour following the Manchester Arena bombing that killed or badly injured more than 70 people on Monday.

— In at least six UK festivals this year, spearheaded by Festival Republic, concertgoers can now test their illegal drugs beforehand. Police will only destroy what they handed over, Digital Music News reports.

— International Music Summit has released the annual IMS Business Report which shows that the global electronic music industry has grown 3% in the past year and is now worth US$7.4B.

Alessia Cara and Joe Jonas are now confirmed as hosts of the iHeartRadio MMVAs that airs live on various Bell Media platforms on June 18.

Serena Ryder returns with her first album in a half-decade with the release of Utopia today. Her last release, Harmony, is a double-platinum seller. The five-time Juno Award winner has released two singles teasing Utopia’s release: “Got Your Number” and “Electric Love”.

The album is 13 tracks deep with a deluxe edition that is 17 deep. Continuing her throbbing dance-pop direction, here's the official title track clip.

Support for the release includes marquee status at festivals this summer and a headlining tour this fall.

— The ever-loquacious Rufus Wainwright is the subject of a friendly inquisition with the CBC. In the conversation, he picks Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” as the song that defines Canada. “The song really represents everything that is mysterious, shall we say, about great Canadian songwriting.

“I like it because there's an esoteric quality to it — where you don't quite know what they're singing about, or who it's about, or where it takes place. It's this kind of dreamlike quality…”

— From a headline in Niagara This Week: ‘Kira Isabella to headline PoultryFest entertainment’. We can just hear the country singer’s management and PR team clucking foul over this honker.

American Lips is a new project formed by Death From Above 1979’s Sebastien Grainger with Adrian Popovich and Jessica Bruzzese. It’s definitely low-fi. Here’s the teaser video from the outfit’s Ancient Fashion Records’ album, Kiss the Void.

— Canadian pop singer/songwriter Adaline returns with a new album, Aquatic on June 2 via Cadence Music Group. In advance of the album release, she has released a new single entitled “How Could We Know.” She’s appearing at The Biltmore, Vancouver, on June 8; and The Drake Underground, Toronto, on the 10th.

— After being mothballed, purportedly for budgetary reasons, the province’s government is re-opening Ontario Place to the public as part of its Canada 150 programming. There’s also news that a re-release of “A Place To Stand” is in the works.

The song was written as the signature tune for a movie of the same name that was featured at the Expo 67 Ontario pavilion and written by Dolores Claman, who also wrote "The Hockey Theme", with lyrics by Richard Morris and orchestrations by Jerry Toth.

Avril Lavigne, Ashley Tisdale and Demi Lovato have a new song together. "Trophy Boy" features the three pop princesses and is part of the soundtrack for a new animated film called Charming, a retelling of the classic Cinderella story — from Prince Charming’s point of view.

— The inaugural AfroFest in Edmonton will be held at Churchill Square June 3 and 4. It will showcase African music, crafts and food, representing dozens of communities. Fest spokesperson John Hagan tells the Edmonton Sun that “Edmontonians believe in inclusiveness, accommodation and they have a passion for festivals.” Expect plenty of dancing and drumming.

Toronto also has an Afrofest, billed as the largest free African music festival in North America and first launched in 1990. This year’s event will be held in Woodbine Park, July 8-9.

—  Some FYI readers may well remember Bill Delingat, gm of Toronto club venue Spectrum from 1982-94, amongst other industry gigs. He has now partnered with John Pickering of the Rhythm Ranch recording studio to open Willie John's Big Easy - Musical Gumbo and Cajun Cuisine, a new restaurant/music venue located in the Q Niagara Falls Downtown district.

The choice of resto name incorporates their two first names as well as paying homage to Little Willie John. Expect a June opening, with a preview on May 28 as part of the Springlicious event.

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