FYI Music for Jan 17th, 2020 - J. Robert Wood, Ian MacKay, Sarah Harmer

A Conversation With…

 
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| A Conversation With .. J. Robert Wood

 
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In another age, CHUM Radio was godlike. Its contests brought jammed Bell phone lines and caused mayhem, its hit parade chart was practically a bible on what was hot and what wasn't, its DJs were like demigods and its ringmaster was J. Robert Wood. In today's feature, J.R. recalls a history that shook the world.

 
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Media Beat

 
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| Media Beat: January 17, 2020

 
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Included stories today include Bell Media expansion in QC, Rogers readying launch of 5G, Mary Ellen Carlyle making history, Dave Bidini beating the odds, Avon getting hip after all these years, and Tesla’s beatbox brainwave.

 
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News Story

 
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| A CIMA Q&A With Re:Sound President Ian MacKay

 
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CIMA President Stuart Johnston recently asked Ian MacKay, President of Re: Sound Music Licensing Company, to discuss the org's work. It's a fascinating story about Big Data, an astonishing growth in performance royalties, and the collective rights agency's strong advocacy for artists and record labels under MacKay's stewardship.

 
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| Lindsay Hyslop Named To Anthem Records' Nashville Team

 
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The U of Western grad with expertise in digital marketing has held posts with UMC and RGK Entertainment and is now based in Nashville as part of the label division of Anthem Entertainment.

 
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Five Questions With...

 
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| Five Questions With… Jay Douglas

 
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The noted Toronto reggae veteran has released a single featuring dancehall DJ General Trees. Here he reflects upon a distinguished career, opening for Whitney Houston's mom and Jim Carrey, a cougar classic, Leonard Cohen, and a healthy lifestyle.

 
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Calendar

 
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| FYI Schedule of Upcoming Releases, Jan. 17, 2020

 
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The pace of new releases has stepped up. Notables this week include Dustin Lynch, Emily King, Mac Miller, Marcus King, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Halsey. The Canadian contingent is led by Shuffle Demons, Jay Aymar (pictured), Brandon Wolfe, Terry Draper, The Henrys, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Eddie Bullen, Holy Fuck, Will Bowes, and Steph Morin.

 
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Good Friday

 
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| Inaugural Gender Balanced Music Fest In TO This Wknd

 
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Of the 51 performers set to perform at the Transac Club this weekend, 26 are female solo artists, all-women duos or bands, or women-led bands. Of the rest, only 20 acts are men or men-led (39 percent), while the remaining five acts are evenly gender-balanced.

 
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Music News Digest

 
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| Music News Digest, Jan. 17, 2020

 
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Matt Minglewood (pictured) enters The Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame, Rock HoF inductees are announced, and Canadian talent heads to Jazzahead. Also in the news are Laura Smith, the Be Kind fest, FACTOR, Claire Lynch, Mark Segger Sextet, Music Canada, R Grunwald, MMF Canada, and farewell Steve Martin Caro. With video.

 
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Music Biz Headlines

 
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| Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 17, 2020

 
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Director X (pictured) discusses the new Drake video, Jay Douglas spreads good vibes, and Anyway Gang plays it loose. Others in the headlines include TrailerHawk, Tiktok, privacy laws, CAPASSO, Amazon, Greg Maffei, Pearl Jam, RPM Records, Primavera Sound, and Bond songs.

 
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Today's new track

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Sarah Harmer: New Low

The first song from an eagerly awaited album features virile electric guitar, a lacing of brass, and forceful vocals, making for a rousing call to arms.