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Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 17, 2020

2019 Gold/Platinum year-end recap

2019 has proven to be another spectacular year for Music Canada’s historic Gold/Platinum program. For the fourth consecutive year, the program has experienced a steady surge in Single Award certifications thanks to Canada’s continued shift towards on-demand audio streaming, which in 2018 accounted for 60% of recorded music revenues in Canada. — Bram Gonshor, Music Canada

Director X talks Drake and Future's new Life Is Good video

Drake cooked up the concept, says the Toronto director, who also makes a cameo as himself. — Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW

'I'm just a messenger for peace and love': Toronto reggae legend Jay Douglas reflects on his life and career

Without Jay Douglas, Canadian music wouldn't be the same. The Toronto reggae legend's part in supporting the Jamaica To Toronto compilation — documenting the great soul, funk and reggae music recorded in this city between 1967 and 1974 — led to a rediscovery of Canadian reggae. He's still going strong. — CBC - q

Canadian rock supergroup Anyway Gang plays Toronto on Friday. Don’t ask them what to expect

If you’re wondering what Friday night’s show at the Horseshoe with Anyway Gang is going to be like, you’re not alone. Chris Murphy is also wondering … and he’s in the band. — Nick Krewen, The Toronto Star

Stewart Legere, Cliff Le Jeune and friends are tangled up in Blue

A star-studded Halifax tribute night to Joni Mitchell’s landmark album helps beat the bleakest day of the year. — Michael Lake, The Coast

TrailerHawk lands in a sweet, completely satisfying spot by taking a rocking approach to old-school country

If decades in the hellfire that is the music industry have taught the members of TrailerHawk anything, it’s that one’s never disappointed by shooting low on the expectations front. — Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

International 

TikTok and Tencent reach sub-licensing deal to legalize music use in short videos

According to 36Kr, Douyin, which is known outside of China as Tiktok, reached a music sub-licensing deal with Tencent Music at the end of 2019. A source said that the two parties had already started to work together, and Tencent Music’s copyrighted songs will soon be officially relicensed to Tiktok. — Caiwei Chen, Pandaily

Frankie Avalon to Roddy Ricch: The first & last Hot 100 No. 1s of every decade

Other leaders at the turn of each decade: Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, Christina Aguilera, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys & Kesha. — Gary Trust, Billboard

The music biz is addicted to data — new privacy laws try to make it go to rehab

California’s new online privacy law, combined with a cocktail of similar laws in the EU, India and elsewhere, could drag the high-flying music industry down to earth. —  Bill Hochberg, Forbes

South African music rights agency partners with tech firm to boost streaming collections

CAPASSO and Muserk deal comes amid uncertainty about an update to South Africa’s copyright law. —  Daniel Friedman, Billboard

No Music For ICE will picket Amazon-sponsored events at SXSW 2020

The group is protesting Amazon licensing out its technology to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. — Jordan Darville, Fader

Why the music industry should be watching Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei's 2020 moves

He may be a relative newcomer to the music business — but with significant stakes in a portfolio of its biggest companies, Maffei has become a power that major labels and indies alike can’t ignore. — Steve Knopper, Billboard

Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster unite against ticket resellers

The famous rivals have joined forces against a common enemy, using the live music monolith's platform to keep tickets in the hands of fans. — Michael Rancic, NOW

RPM Records wraps up almost 30 year run; Label’s final release due in May

For nearly three decades, the RPM Records arm of Cherry Red Records has exemplified the finest in archival reissues. The label has just announced that it will be closing its doors after a whopping 612 releases. — Joe Marchese, The Second Disc

Primavera Sound 2020 lineup: Pavement, Strokes, Tyler, Bikini Kill, Bauhaus, more

The European festival takes place from June 3-7 and also features Massive Attack, Lana Del Rey, Young Thug, the National, Kacey Musgraves, Iggy Pop, Beck, and more. — Pitchfork

Bruce Springsteen’s son Sam becomes a New Jersey firefighter

Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, his wife and longtime bandmate, looked on and clapped as their youngest son joined the newest members of the city’s Fire Department, according to TV news coverage of the ceremony. — Jonny Diaz, The New York Times

Midas touch: how to create the perfect James Bond song

Shirley Bassey set the template – now Billie Eilish will create the theme for No Time to Die. Are these sultry anthems, usually sung by women, actually subverting 007? — i

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