Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 8, 2017

Radiohead responds to the decision to stay charges resulting from Toronto stage mishap fatality

"This is an insult to the memory of Scott Johnson, his parents and our crew" — Radiohead FB page

World’s largest YouTube ripping site ordered to shut down

The music industry has scored a major legal victory, sinking the pirate outfit, a global “stream ripping” site operating out of Germany that was facilitating the theft of millions of dollars worth of music intellectual property per year — Variety

Amazon Music using voice commands to stand out in streaming war

Machine learning is helping Amazon glean lessons in this new mode of subscriber behaviour, from the more communal-style of listening multiple people engage into the way some users might ask for a song with just a fragment of lyrics — Variety

Apple Music strikes Warner deal, wants lower royalty rate from labels

Contracts are expiring with the Big 3, and with the surge in revenues for the labels, the streamer wants a better deal — ars Technica

eBay launches new play for the home entertainment market

The has launched a dedicated shop for books, film, music and games that it says it comes in response to growing consumer demand — Internet Retailing

CCMA Awards mean fans, fun, music — and money

The Potash festival has taken over Saskatoon and businesses, politicians and joe public are hee-hawing the fact all over town and media outlets are going gaga too — Star Phoenix

11 swinging hot spots for live music in Ottawa

From the long-lived Rainbow to newer venues, the capital still has plenty on offer — Aedan Helmer, Ottawa Citizen

Spotify, Bluewater & mechanical licensing: What's really driving the streaming giant's latest legal fight

Some industry lawyers say Spotify’s move appears to be aimed simply at limiting potential defections from its class-action settlements —  Ed Christman, Billboard

They ruled New York City nightlife in the '80s and '90s with glitter, glamor and outrageous antics

A grisly killing spelled their downfall - so where are the Club Kids now? — Sheila Flynn,The Daily Mail

'The US hasn't been this divided since the 60s': Slipknot's Corey Taylor on how to save America

For his new book, America 51, the Slipknot frontman has been examining the sicknesses at the heart of US culture – and from Donald Trump to modern dating, here’s his exclusive guide to navigating them — The Guardian

The Toronto haunts that have inspired Lowest of the Low

As they drop their first album in over a decade, the local legends walk us through their version of the city, past and present — Sarah Greene, NOW

Reelin' in the years: the rogue genius of Steely Dan's greatest songs

Steely Dan guitarist Walter Becker has died, bringing an end to a songwriting partnership with Donald Fagen that lasted 50 years, and yielded some of America’s most cosmopolitan pop — Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian

Nothing holds back the free-ranging songs of Unbuttoned

Songwriting for the fast-rising Toronto quartet includes rock anthems and futuristic R&B. They’re our new favourite thing — Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

The mess that is Yes proves a sad shadow of its former self in Vancouver

The prog veterans' show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre was a major disappointment, but Todd Rundgren's opening set was worth the hefty price of admission —  Rob Bailey, Georgia Straight

The Canadian country music queen you may not have heard of

At 79, Lucille Starr reflects upon a fascinating career — Andrea Warner, CBC Music

The Muddy Hack: New music as Peterborough band signs on with rocker Ken Tizzard's new label

 The Muddy Hack is the first signee to the Booth Street Records Label — Jason Bain, Peterborough Examiner

In a room, listening to Phil Elverum sing about his wife’s death

I felt sure that I was witnessing true live-wire artistry, and, with my wife standing next to me, I felt absurdly happy to be alive — Peter C. Baker, The New Yorker

Discomfort zone: Calgary songwriter Chad VanGaalen returns with Light Information about dark subjects

The idiosyncratic songsmith and video maker returns with a typically adventurous new album — Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald

Nothing lost in translation for Polaris Music Prize nominee Lido Pimienta 

Her Spanish-language LP is unstoppable electronic art-pop, marked by an elegant sort of fierceness – her exotic sound a lovely suit of armour; her voice, a penetrating wail  — Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

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