Music Biz Headlines, Oct. 13, 2017

Body language: why are pop stars obsessed with touching their faces?

Artists from Shania Twain to Jake Bugg seem desperate to show off their hands on album sleeves and in promo pictures. What’s behind this digital trend? — Gavin Haynes, The Guardian

MacArthur Foundation names 2017 ‘Genius’ grant winners

Folk music star Rhiannon Giddens is among the 24 people chosen as 2017 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  — Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times

Tegan and Sara issue a call to action for women in Canadian music

After writing an open letter about the music industry's lack of representation, they've now created concrete measures to fix it  —  Samantha Edwards, NOW

Lionel Richie to produce Curtis Mayfield biopic

"It's an honour for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friend to the screen," singer says after acquiring 'Superfly' legend's rights — Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

The full ARIA Award 2017 nominees list is here

The Down Under equivalent of The Junos and Grammys features such notables as Sia, Paul Kelly, and Tash Sultana  —

For fans, Foreigner's tour and upcoming musical may feel like the first time

Jukebox Hero, a new musical to feature Foreigner at the Jubilee Auditoriums in both Calgary and Edmonton, is set for Aug. 2018  —  Louis Hobson, Calgary Herald

Flamenco heroes, Kesha and confessional guitar songs make for exciting music options

Here's an exotic list of live-music offerings for Toronto this week, drawing on Nigeria, Spain, krautrock and sounds closer to home — Chris Young, Toronto Star

Review: Imagine Dragons deliver for fans at Saddledome concert, but something's missing

Imagine Dragons is much-improved as a live concert entity, which is all well and good. But this still does not put the Las Vegas quartet into the upper echelon of major-league arena acts —   Gerry Krochak, Calgary Herald

All You Need to Know About: Nas in Vancouver

Nas could have taken an early retirement from the rap game and still be considered one of the greatest MCs in history  —  John Lucas and Mike Usinger, Georgia straight

Getting grounded leads to singer's most arresting musical moments yet

"Becoming a mother five years ago was the beginning of a groundedness that has in some way come to fruition with this record. It's a huge part of me whether I write about it or not”: Dana Wylie   —  Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Villa Maggio, Frank Sinatra's desert retreat, returns at $3.7 million

A Coachella Valley getaway built for legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra has returned to market —   Neal Leitereg, LA Times

Photographer Lisa MacIntosh celebrates music greatness at Toronto’s Great Hall

Her new self-published book Music Makers: Portraits At The Great Hall salutes a storied building while adoringly capturing a who's who of players on the roots-music scene, including Tom Wilson and Sylvia Tyson —  Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

Yusuf / Cat Stevens on five great songs about children

The singer-songwriter discusses his favorite musical odes to youth, from Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" to Bob Dylan's "Forever Young"  — Rolling Stone

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