FYI Music for Mar 25th, 2020 - JR Shaw CFMAs Burton Cummings Shawn Mendes

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| Canadian Folk Music Awards Go Live...Online

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On April 4, the 2020 CFMAs will replace live in front of a Charlottetown, PEI audience with a live stream to Facebook and the org’s website. PEI VP Graham Lindsey (pictured) fills us in on the decision and the logistics involved.

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Media Beat

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| Media Beat: March 25, 2020

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Today's column takes many twists and turns in reporting on the pandemic, media and the lighter side of life, but the chief story honours the memory of the late and great Canadian telecom pioneer JR Shaw (pictured here).

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News Story

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| The Cheat Sheet For Readers In Dangerous Times

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During the pandemic, FYI News has created a cheat sheet for housebound readers that is chock full of timely information, challenging viewpoints and a few rip snorters to divert your attention away from another bobblehead annoying you on the TV.

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| Burton Cummings Calms Fans With Facebook Shows

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Burton Cummings takes to Facebook and his impromptu performances are creating a lot of goodwill and cheer for folks currently under self-isolation due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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| Shawn Mendes Donates $175K To SickKids Foundation

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Through his charitable foundation, the Canadian pop star made the hefty donation to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The money will assist in the purchase of equipment and supplies for coronavirus preparedness.

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| Nielsen Market Watch Facts & Figures: March 19, 2020

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Here is this week's Nielsen Market Watch report which features Canadian music stats for the current week and YTD with comparisons to last year. This chart is published every Tuesday. The abbreviation...

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Five Questions With...


| Five Questions With… Sheenah Ko

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A member of Besnard Lakes and an in-demand keyboardist for hire, she releases her debut solo full-length on Friday. Here she discusses her approach to the new record, her favourite songs, her chameleonic musical personality, goals in the wake of COVID-19, and a favourite European tour story.

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| Careers: March 25, 2020

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It may well be the end of the world as we knew it, but life goes on and companies are still seeking out talent to hire. This week's count is up over last week's and that's a good thing, don't you know?

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Music News Digest

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| Music News Digest, March 25, 2020

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CanadaPerforms attracts big names, Silverstein (pictured) has rush-released a COVID-19-themed T-shirt, and Sick Festivals lets you track postponed or cancelled gatherings. Also in the news are Crystal Shawanda, APAC, Beatport, Jon Bon Jovi, and farewell Manu Dibango and Eric Weissberg.

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Music Biz Headlines

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| Music Biz Headlines, March 25, 2020

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COVID-19 themed stories continue to dominate the headlines. Those here feature Kevin Griffin, Rob Halford, SOCAN members, CISAC, NSYNC, Kevin Liles, UTA, and Michael Stipe. Also covered are The Weeknd (pictured), BMG, and rock memoirs.

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Today's new track

Ellis: March 13

This short but sweet cut showcases the Hamilton artist’s gently haunting voice in pristine fashion.


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Blinding Lights

The Weeknd
Label: XO/Republic
Last Week: 2

Don't Start Now

Dua Lipa
Label: Warner Records
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Post Malone
Label: Republic
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Maroon 5
Label: 222/Interscope
Last Week: 6

Adore You

Harry Styles
Label: Erskine/Columbia
Last Week: 7

My Oh My

Camila Cabello Feat. DaBaby
Label: SYCO/Epic
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If The World Was Ending

Jp Saxe Feat. Julia Michaels
Label: Arista
Last Week: 9

Dance Monkey

Tones And I
Label: Bad Batch/Elektra/EMG
Last Week: 14

Stupid Love

Lady Gaga
Label: Interscope
Last Week: 8

10,000 Hours

Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
Label: Warner Music Nashville/WAR
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