Academy CEO Neil Portnow set off a firestorm with recent comments about women in the industry (or lack thereof) that are deemed out-of-touch. He's now recanted, as Karen Bliss explains.
Spotify is helping Germans pair up with dogs sharing their musical tastes, and stars were given a pre-Grammy security briefing. Also in the headlines, ticket reselling, Barbara Hannigan, Fifty Shades, Toronto rap, Bruce Cockburn, Lights, First Aid Kit, Kathleen Battle, and Neil Portnow.
Canadians play pre-Grammy parties in NYC, and a Toronto Leonard Cohen tribute attracts star singers and writers. Those also in the news include Whitney Rose, Colter Wall, the ECMA, Blue Note, Nils Frahm, Boys Do Girls, Miesha & The Spanks, and a farewell to Tommy Banks and Mark E. Smith.
Joan Jett launches a biopic at Sundance, Toronto singer Neil Donell joins Chicago, and Ed Sheeran stays top of the pops Down Under. Others in today's news include Megaphono, Neil Young, Upstream, Ronley Teper, Corey Gulkin, and a farewell to Jim Rodford. Videos are featured for your enjoyment.
Swedish music has been dominating global charts, and the Grammys recognise that hip-hop is here to stay. Also in today's look at the headlines, John Mann, Lindi Ortega, Justin Timberlake, rising Toronto stars, Andre Ethier, Lee Ann Womack, the Beatles, The Black Eyed Peas, protest music, and Sass Jordan.
This year's Grammy noms list shows that the Academy is now recognising the impact of hip-hop. Also in today's headlines, Jimmy Iovine, Steve Earle, Jann Arden, R. Kelly, Gorillaz, Andy Shauf, A Tribe Called Red, Come From Away, and The Beaches.
The skinny on the MMVAs, Mimi sets her sights on Drake, Carly Rae pulls some strings at Roy Thomson Hall, and Warner celebrates a Silver anniversary here in Canada.