Music Biz Headlines, June 19, 2017

Canadian culture a hot topic at this year's iHeartRadio MMVAs

Themes of unity and acceptance ran throughout the show with artists like Toronto's Serena Ryder using their stage time to emphasize equality — CP

Perfect Places: Lorde closes the Much Music video awards with energetic performance

Speaking of her just-released album Melodrama, she gushed to the audience, ''I just want to say how grateful I am to everyone who waited for this record' — Daily Mail

Bootylicious babe! Iggy Azalea shows off her signature curves

Iggy's surgically enhanced assets were accentuated in a cropped black sports bra as she made her way to the awards, where she was expected to perform her latest hit, Switch — Daily Mail

Carly Rae brings TSO audience to its feet

For a while, it was just a maybe but after she gave an elegant performance with the 60-piece Toronto Symphony Orchestra Saturday night (June 17) at Roy Thomson Hall the sold-out crowd of 2,600 got to its feet to show its appreciation for the “Call Me Maybe” singer — Karen Bliss, Billboard

Mariah Carey wants to date Drake

Mimi is apparently interested in Drake, and she is trying to hook up with him because she finds him cute and loves the idea that she will make her nemesis, Jennifer Lopez, angry. Talk about sweet revenge — Celebrity Insider

Warner Music Canada Turns 50           

The label is celebrating its Silver anniversary by releasing a series of 50-song playlists, in addition to a vinyl and digital album of brand new recordings by its Canadian acts — Karen Bliss, Billboard

Montreal remembers Leonard with murals and exhibition

Giant paintings are being planned in Cohen’s hometown alongside an expansive exhibition planned to coincide with the first anniversary of his death — The Guardian

Grammy Senior VP Bill Freimuth Explains New Rule Changes for Songwriters, Hip-Hop and Online Voting

They will effect hip-hop, songwriters and online voting — Jem Aswad, Variety

Musical Tourism: Turning tourists into music experts

Targeting a specific destination with a cool concert ticket included is one thing. Hopping a flight to travel somewhere to get immersed in a scene — from the history to the sounds — separates the mega, from the mere, fan —  Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun

Kraftwerk's Ralf Hütter: 'Music is about intensity … the rest is just noise'

Kraftwerk reinvented pop in the 1970s, but never dreamed they could stage a multimedia spectacular. Their founding member grants a rare interview to talk about Europe, Detroit clubs and why Twitter is ‘nonsense’ —  Tim Jonze, The Guardian

Greil Marcus’ Real Life Rock Top 10: Convincing (And Otherwise)

Chris Stapleton gets small and wins, Clipping take John Henry back, the Beatles belong to everyone — Village Voice

Musical roots run deep in Muscle Shoals

Artists and songwriters today work in the Alabama studios that hosted famous names, from Percy Sledge to the Rolling Stones —  Rick McGinnis, Toronto Star

Blockchain Could Help Musicians Make Money Again

It has the potential to provide a more quick and seamless experience for anyone involved with creating or interacting with music —  Imogen Heap, Harvard Business Review

Colter Wall is on the rise in Canadian country music

Despite a Polaris Prize snub, the Saskatchewan roots songsmith is winning friends in high places — Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

Vancouver International Guitar Festival celebrates six-string art

 The event will also showcase a cabal of luthiers who are boldly blurring the line between form and function — Alexander Varty, Georgia Straight

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