Music Biz Headlines, Aug. 23, 2017

Sources: Free Spotify, YouTube streaming era coming to a close

According to separate sources at major music content groups, a free streaming shutdown is now on the roadmap.  More specifically, the plan would involve a concerted effort by the ‘big three’ major labels to terminate free access to the platforms —Paul Resnikoff, Digital Music News

Songtradr to team with in-store audio giant Mood Media

The global music licensing platform has partnered with Mood Media – the Canadian-born company which provides in-store music in more than 500K locations in 40 countries — Music Business Worldwide

Sony deal with Dubset will let it monetize unofficial remixes

The means that artists could have their bootleg remixes and DJ sets legally cleared and distributed on Apple Music and Spotify, with every rights holder receiving a portion of royalties — Lizzie Plaugic, The Verge

Eleanor Rigby's grave deeds to be auctioned with Beatles song score

Certificate of purchase with receipt are to be sold with miniature bible belonging to woman whose name was immortalised by McCartney in song —  Helen Pidd, The Guardian

Yoga twerks to hip-hop’s gritty trap style

It might seem like an unusual pairing, but trap yoga is having something of a moment —  William Ferrer, Seattle Times

Fine, let's talk about white supremacist hate bands

Spotify has been removing such groups from the service, and iTunes began doing that in 2014  —  Andy Hermann, LA Weekly

Izzy Bizu gets a lift to the big time from Coldplay

Public endorsement from Chris Martin led to the London singer/songwriter opening for his band in Toronto this week at the Rogers Centre  —  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

HBO documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher will be released next year

Graceland insiders got an advance peek in Memphis last week of the Jon Landau-produced doco  —

Music reviews: Queens of the Stone Age, Son Real, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson and Dead Cross

From Haida-rooted folk and local hip-hop to hard rock supergroups, it is an eclectic list —  Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun

Britney Spears covers Bonnie Raitt in hope you’ll think she can sing

Her version of Shirley Eikhard's composition Something To Talk About at her Las Vegas show on the weekend reportedly fails to prove the point —

From Caribou to Daphni, Dan Snaith dances to his own beat

The Canadian electronica star plays a five-hour Daphni DJ set at Metropolis as part of the Mutek fest  — T'Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette

Coldplay eclipses show with confetti and emotion

At Rogers Centre, the group prove it has managed to make the idea of the quartet as a stadium band extremely plausible. While Martin won't be mistaken for Springsteen, Bono or Jagger anytime soon, there's plenty of energetic gems and tender ballads in the band's catalogue to make it all work  —  Jason MacNeil, Toronto Sun

 Billy Joel dons Star of David jacket during NYC show encore

The gesture was intended as the singer's protest against rising tide of fascism on Monday night —  Associated Press

Serena Ryder remembers her first Summerfolk

It was back in 2002 when the star was a relatively unknown teenager. She returned as a headliner last weekend —  Rob Gowan, Owen Sound Sun-Times

Sal Maida is one of the coolest 70s rock stars you’ve never heard of

An extract from the Roxy Music and Sparks bassist's book tells of early David Bowie shows and getting blanked by the Stones —  Tim Scott, noisey

Beck's first Saskatoon show wows the audience

From folk, alternative and psychedelia to hip hop and big, shiny pop, he knows how to write a song and keep audience members on their toes —  Stephanie McKay, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

The identity of H.E.R. remains a mystery

Enigmatic R&B songstress impresses the Vancouver crowd in her opening set — Kira Hunston, Hiphop Canada


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