Music Biz Headlines, July 12, 2017

The tale of Calgary’s mad manure-bombing folk singer

The story of Cal Cavendish is a thing of legend in the Canadian province of Alberta — Tandem Thoughts

Laura Sisk is pop music's secret weapon

Over the last six years, the 27-year-old has engineered recordings by Eminem, Shakira, Sigur Rós, tUnE-yArDs, and Big Boi. More to the point, she's been behind the boards for some of pop music's most significant albums of late: Carly Rae Jepsen's E-MO-TION, Sia's This Is Acting, and most recently, Lorde's Melodrama. Oh, and Taylor Swift's 1989, for which she won a Grammy award in 2016 — Cam Lindsay, Noisey

Rob Goldstone: The man behind Donald Trump Jr’s meeting

The former tabloid journalist now runs a public relations company, Oui 2 Entertainment. He also manages Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, whose father, Aras, is a Moscow-based real estate developer who was Mr Trump's business partner in taking the Miss Universe competition to Moscow in 2013 — BBC News

Things the iPhone killed

Over its ten-year lifespan, the iPhone has altered many industries, for better and worse. A powerful computer you could slip into your back pocket, the iPhone chipped away at paper maps, point-and-shoot cameras, voice recorders, watches, hand-held game consoles and MP3 players like Apple's own iPod line — Heather Kelly, CNN

British live market grows to US$5.1B

Over 30M people attending concerts and festivals in 2016, up 12% on the previous year, according to new research from umbrella organization UK Music — Billboard

Sony licenses Spotify

After months of negotiations, Sony Music Entertainment has reached a licensing agreement with the streaming service, becoming the second major label to do so this year and paving the way for the streaming service to go public — Billboard

Fake artists traced back to Swedish producers

A small group of Swedish songwriters and producers who appear have figured out a way to game Spotify — Music Ally

The Zombies flash back to landmark album

Fifty years ago this summer, the Zombies went into Abbey Road Studios to record their second album, Odessey and Oracle. The young band broke up before it was released.

Without a promotional campaign or a tour to support the record, you’d think that would be the end of the story — Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen

Searching for a perfectly good guitar

Inspired by a conversation he had with a local musician about his worn guitar, photographer Chuck Holley set off on an eight-year search, “looking for professional guitarists who would be willing to recall how they acquired that one special instrument and why it grew in importance to them” — Henry Carrigan, No Depression

A tour of the Deadmau5 studio

Steve Martin's speech for Tom Hanks' AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

I Would Stream 4 U: Prince's estate puts videos on YouTube despite animosity

Artist now has official account on site he once threatened to sue over copyright claims, with several hits now available for viewing  —The Guardian

Getting your grooves back: Understanding copyright termination

There is a powerful law causing quiet yet uneasy waves in the music industry, and it’s something the record companies would rather recording artists not know about — Evan Cohen, Variety

Why some online video stars opt for Facebook over YouTube

Videos tend to spread like wildfire on Facebook — Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times

Whatever happened to Muzak? It's now Mood, and it's not elevator music

Muzak now goes by the name Mood Media, which provides curated playlists for corporate clients — David Lazarus, LA Times

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy: Bowie convinced us to re-form

The frontman of the New York dance band says David Bowie told him ‘you should be uncomfortable’ when he expressed uneasiness about reuniting following 2011 split  — Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian

Bob Marley comes alive in a collection of interviews with the people who knew him best

Noted reggae authority Roger Steffens writes an oral history — Toure, New York Times

At 70, John Prine is the coolest songwriter around

He says that after cancer affected his singing voice, his songs have felt brand new again  — Kristin Hall,

Chronixx is taking his Jamaican reggae worldwide

24-year old is the genre's hottest star  —  Rob Kenner, New York Times

An interview with Dave Fanning

The veteran Irish DJ has a new ten-part radio show charting the history of Irish rock from the early days of Taste and Them  —

Element Music Festival organizers build organically while living the dream at the Snug Lake Amphitheatre

BC Fest will happen August 3-6 at Snug Lake Amphitheatre, — Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Green Day defends performance after acrobat’s death

The band says it didn’t know that it took the stage after an acrobat fell 100 feet to his death during Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival on Friday — Carly Mallembaum, USA Today

Song by Winnipeg's Indian City addresses theme of missing and murdered indigenous women

It features Juno-winning  folk singer Don Amero on vocals — Aaron Brophy,

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