Music Biz Headlines, Aug. 4, 2017

Sick of ‘Takin’ Care of Business’? Songwriters share their fave non-famous Canadian songs

Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot and rocker-turned-MP Charlie Angus sing the praises of low-profile songs that evoke this country —  Peter Goddard, Toronto Star

The average hit song has 4+ writers and 6 different publishers

 Want to create a hit song that will get you on the Billboard Top 10?  Then you’re gonna need a committee — Daniel Sanchez, Digital Music News

Canada's Song Bird sings a happy tune

Regrets, she has a few, but, all in all, life’s good for Anne Murray, she explains in a rare interview — Cathal Kelly, Globe and Mail

Peter & The Test Tube Babies singer is deported for mocking Trump

Peter Bywaters refused entry to US for dressing up as president Donald Trump onstage in Germany last year — Scott Munro,

We are witnessing Indigenous music's next wave

The spotlight is shining on a new group of music-makers, but the struggle is far from over — Jarrett Martineau, NOW

The birth of our cool: Montreal’s creativity is fuelled by nightlife

Creative collectives are forming and thriving throughout the city, made up of musicians, visual artists, clothing designers, entrepreneurs, venue operators and more —  Erik Lejeon, Montreal Gazette

Kanye West sues an insurance firm for $10m over his cancelled tour and marijuana use claims

Rapper claims Lloyd’s of London have implied ‘use of marijuana’ as a reason for stalling payment, after he cancelled his 2016 tour amid a spell in a psychiatric centre  — The Guardian

What is Ray Kurzweil up to at Google?

Technology guru is leading a team of about 35 people whose code helps you write emails —  Wired

10 Seattle concerts featuring guitarists worth crossing the border for

From Derek Trucks to John McLaughlin, a stellar lineup of stringbenders to choose from  — Steve Newton, Georgia Straight

Teenanger talks tour tips and 10 years

Beware the double double, the indie rockers warn — Stephanie Johns, The Coast

Drake's Ovo flagship store is set to open in T.O. this weekend

Drizzy's fourth retail store is located in the Yorkdale Mall. The opening coincides with his Ovo fest on Monday — Mark Daniell, Postmedia

Lady Gaga: Live review of the Joanne World Tour at Rogers Arena

Stuart Derdeyn joins the army of Little Monsters at Rogers Arena as Lady Gaga kicks off her Joanne World Tour in Vancouver — Vancouver Sun

RIP Manny’s: A big piece of NYC music history was just cleared for demolition

It was a favorite shopping spot for famous musicians from Buddy Holly and the Beatles to Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, and now the music store's building is set to be pummeled into a purple haze  —

MuchMusic VJs: Where are they now?

Looking at the careers of your MM favourites —  Mackenzie Lad,

A saxophone and a career, courtesy of the Georgia Straight 50 years ago

Proceeds from selling the paper when he was 17 helped Barrie Gorden buy a life-changing saxophone  — Doug Sarti, Georgia Straight

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