Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 13, 2017

Jessie Reyez opens up about her journey to landing a deal with Island Records

The fast-rising star could’ve given up the night five years ago that she was propositioned and threatened by a “big producer” whose name has never been revealed; instead she is sitting here with a major record deal —  Karen Bliss, Billboard

The music industry bands together to finally get paid online

Representatives from major labels like Universal, Sony, and Warner sat next to technologists from companies like Spotify, YouTube, and Ideo and discussed the collective issues threatening their industry —  Wired

Choosing change and reconciliation in the arts

"We are all agents of either the status quo or change – and the Canada Council is taking responsibility and choosing change" —  Simon Brault and Steven Loft, The Globe and Mail

Copenhagen club night calls for new music made at 10BPM

An open call has been announced for new music with a really slow tempo - The Wire

Five Magnificent Years

A look at a new biography tracing the all too short life of soul legend Otis Redding —  Geoffrey O'Brien, New York Review of Books

Rap and the gender gap: why are female MCs still not being heard?

The genre is riding high, with artists such as Stormzy, Drake and J Cole scoring No 1 albums or headlining festivals, yet female rappers are struggling to catch a break  —  Sam Wolfson, The Guardian

Toronto’s Death From Above loses its blues with new album

Surprising new record satisfies rock duo like never before in their long, eventful career  —  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Weather, crowds make Hamilton fest Supercrawl a success

Plans already in works for ‘epic’ 10th anniversary next year, says organizer —  Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator

Faith Healer ready for a second go-around

Edmonton rock band welcomes local hero Renny Wilson into the fold — Tom Murray, Edmonton Journal

In Search of Lost Time: Pitchfork review of Partner album

"Defiantly queer, proudly Canadian, and righteously stoned, Ontario’s Partner infuse their bubble-grunge indie-rock riffs with a slyly subversive spirit" —  Stuart Berman, Pitchfork

Westward Music Festival out to create memories that last for Vancouver fans

MRG Concerts intends to build a buzz around the local scene with a fest launching this week —  Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Neil Young: Hitchhiker CD review – intimate return to a lost night in 1976

"One of Neil Young's “lost” albums, it captures the Canadian at his most intimate – just him, slightly stoned, his acoustic guitar and the odd burst of harmonica" —  Paul Mardles, The Guardian

First string quartet festival highlights difficulty of maintaining this art form

Quartet literature is designed to be played in small venues, and performance fees have to be divided four ways  —  William Littler, Toronto star

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