Music Biz Headlines, Oct. 4, 2017

Five reasons to like the Netflix deal

By launching Creative Canada, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has righted our policy ship and set it on a course for new opportunities in the online era. The Netflix deal announced at the same time makes it official: We're in it to win it — Irene Berkowitz, The Globe & Mail

Warner Bros. Records gets new leadership

Cameron Strang has resigned his post as chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records with Max Lousada now officially overseeing all of WMG’s global recorded music operations, including Atlantic, Warner Bros., Parlophone, and Warner Music Nashville. As well, catalog arm Rhino and Warner Classics and artist and label services entities WEA and ADA —Variety

What Las Vegas tragedy means to the concert industry

These actions are a known risk that we need to mitigate, and it’s going to be challenging — Variety

Guitarist who played in Las Vegas changes views on gun control

Caleb Keeter, the guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, said on Twitter Monday he was “wrong” about his support for the Second Amendment  —  Brandon Carter, The Hill

Live Nation shares statement on Las Vegas shooting

 'We must come together to prevent more tragedies' says promoter of the Route 91 Harvest Festival — Billboard

Remembering Tom Petty, unlikely video pioneer

His four-decades-long run as America's premier power-pop troubadour had plenty of unexpected phases  — Wired

Joni Mitchell’s openhearted heroism

She made the best music of her generation by falling in love, over and over, while defending her sense of self. She wanted to make a new kind of song, one in which conversation could flower, in mid-phrase, into music — Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker

'I'm this reserved, awkward human': love, death, and jangles with Alvvays

Molly Rankin was stuck trying to honour her late father’s musicianship until indie-pop opened a door. She discusses being an unlikely bandleader – and why it’s awkward playing music with your boyfriend —  Malcolm Jack, The Guardian

A snowstorm shut down Iqaluit, and that's when the real party started

The final night of Nunavut Music Week concerts, including Tanya Tagaq, was cancelled, so the Jerry Cans drummer turned his home into a concert hall —  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Bad information follows every tragedy. Don't fall for it

The mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night confirms this —  Brian Barrett, Wired

Lyrics and the city: 10 songs about Vancouver

From Blind Melon and Heart to Circle C and Said The Whale, the wet city has inspired many a song  — John Lucas, Georgia Straight

Tori Amos on how a divided nation, personal tragedy inspired her new LP

Singer-songwriter talks about her mother's stroke, "master showman" Donald Trump and her surprising connection with Lorde  —  Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone

Venus Fest is a balm for Toronto's ailing festival culture

Lido Pimienta, Weaves, Grouper and others shone at the new festival played and staffed by women and non-binary people  —  Peyton Thomas, NOW

Fyre Festival organizer pleads not guilty to fraud

Billy McFarland pleaded not guilty to fraud charges over the Bahamian music event that went viral this spring when ticket holders posted real-time social media coverage of its disastrous collapse —  Gerrick Kennedy, LA Times

kd lang and Ben Mink: how we made Constant Craving

‘It was the year I came out as gay. When we went to the Grammys, religious groups were picketing outside’  — The Guardian

Van Morrison: ‘I don’t intellectualize music. For me, that spoils it’

The moody singer looks back on more than five decades of music-making — and a childhood steeped in blues and jazz  — Michael Hann, Financial Times

Presenting Presence: Christian McBride and Bria Skonberg on how and when to address the audience

Acclaimed US bassist/bandleader and Juno-winning Canadian trumpeter offer sage advice  — JazzTimes

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