Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 27, 2017

Trumpeter Herb Alpert: 'The guys that are in control are not honoring the arts'

"We need the arts so desperately to identify who we are and keep things going,” says the man who put the A in A&M —  Randall Roberts, LA Times

Uncovering how streaming is changing the sound of Pop

Hit-making songwriters and producers reveal the ways they are tailoring tracks to fit a musical landscape dominated by streaming  — Marc Hogan, Pitchfork

Why Taylor Swift trademarks her lyrics and why other acts may follow suit

The pop superstar has made it clear to the world she controls her brand, and one tool the singer leverages regularly to achieve this goal is trademark law — Cherie Hu, Billboard

‘Why shouldn’t I be the one to do it?"

Lights unveils her new album, Skin & Earth, and  an accompanying comic book series — Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

The Escovedos: Latino First Family Of Music

From Pete to Alejandro to Sheila E., there's musical magic in these genes —  Dave Gil de Rubio, Long Island Weekly

Mini IPO lets investors buy a slice of Eminem’s catalogue

Royalty Flow planned to file Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to sell shares in their stake of rapper’s music —  Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg

The Georgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration looks back on five decades of coverage

Writer Doug Sarti and publisher and cofounder Dan McLeod ventured into the newspaper equivalent of a time capsule to tell tales of the past — Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight

Michael Jackson's new album shows the terror in the King of Pop's soul

A new compilation, Scream, lays bare the phantasmagoria that plagued Michael Jackson, everywhere from the bedroom to the public eye  — Ben Beaumonth-Thomas, The Guardian

How Chronixx is redefining reggae's success metrics 

"What we are experiencing now is the benefit of the hard work of Bob Marley and Burning Spear," says reggae's brightest new star — Patricia Meschino, Billboard

Newfoundland musicians step up to political stage

For years, they’ve wowed audiences with their talent and connected with people through their music. Now, at least four candidates running for municipal politics in the St. John’s metro area are hoping to strike a chord with voters — Rosie Mullaley, The Telegram

Madonna released a live album this week and only 3,848 people bought it

Buzz Angle stats reveal disappointing sales and download figures for  The “Rebel Heart” Tour album — Roger Friedman, showbiz411.com

Toronto arts hub 401 Richmond getting property tax relief

The province says it will work with Toronto to create a new property tax category, giving 401 Richmond and other arts venues a break —  Kristin Rushowy, Toronto Star

Deep Purple's ex-accountant banned as director for 'misappropriating £2m'

Insolvency Service says Dipak Rao took the funds from two entities controlling their catalogue of hits  —  Richard Partington, The Guardian

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