Veteran roots-rocker Scott Bradshaw (pictured) draws fresh attention, Renforshort is breaking the mould, and a look back at country music on Queen Street. Others in the headlines include Jake Gold, Manila Grey, Twin Flames, Ruel James, Sony Music, Tencent, UMG, Au Pairs, The Chills, Demi Lovato, Alan Jackson, Madonna, Irving Plaza, Jim Steinman, Alan Jackson, Jayne County, Avicii, and John Hiatt.
The Beaches (pictured) announce a national tour, Goddo reissues three classics, and Allan Slaight Juno Master Class graduates impress. Also making news are Snow, Frank Marino, Prix MNB Awards, The Sorority, Drake, Andy Shauf, Sauga City Music Fest, Madonna, and TD Jazz. With video.
Lights (pictured) discusses her work with deadmau5, Queen Celine is back in the spotlight, and Avril Lavigne is all grown up. Others in the headlines include Tafelmusik, Devarrow, La Hacienda, Troubadour fest, Spotify, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Patti Smith, Tanya Tucker, Harry Styles, Tay, David Solomon, and Thom Yorke.
Billie Eilish (pictured) is changing pop, Justin Bieber challenges Tom Cruise, and more on the UMG fire. Others in the headlines include the CMAO, Reid Jamieson, The Trews, Echo in the Canyon, SKOOKUM, Jay-Z, Joy Division, Madonna, Stereolab, John Prine, Bob Harris, and DJ Khaled.
Tenille Arts and WOTE get anthemic, hip-hop and basketball are intertwined, and PUP returns to its roots. Also in the headlines are Don Brownrigg, Black Mountain, EWF, Billboard's new charts, streaming, Dr. John, Madonna, UTA, Paradigm, and Spotify .
Famed honkytonk The Matador (pictured) is sold, Dan Boeckner is a true rocker, and a new report on Canadian copyright. Others in the headlines include Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Chris Taylor, Alessia Cara, Lizzo, Gordon Lightfoot, The Persuasions, Eurovision, Don Was, John Prine, and Whitney Houston.
Merck Mercuriadis (pictured) and comrades advocate for songwriters, Nils Lofgren remembers Lou Reed, and CMW highlights. Also in headlines: Toronto Bach Festival, shadow, Art of Time Ensemble, Liz Cooper, rock sidemen, Ed Sheeran, Woodstock, PledgeMusic, Common, R. Kelly, Madonna, Idris Elba, Pras Michel, and Merle Haggard.
Pop pals Justin and Ed (pictured) team up, Warner Music Canada partners with Anti-Gravity Records, and The Trille Or and Forest City London Music Awards name the victors. Others in the news include Television, Kandle, Madonna, TSYO, Collective Arts Brewing, Elisa Citterio, Jane Aurora, Tanya Tagaq, and Manitoba Music. Videos added for your enjoyment.
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Montreal's famed Archambault sign needs a new home, Shawn Mendes makes the cover of Rolling Stone (pictured), and Drake opens a new store and boosts a Toronto gym. Also in the headlines are Madonna, Stiff Little Fingers, Craig Cardiff, Spotify, Anderson. Paak, Pro Coro, 50 Cent, Ted Joseph, Mick Jagger, Canadian Brass, Diddy, Bring Me The Horizon, Aretha, Chris Brown, Rihanna, and The National.
Madonna appeared at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Monday night to present the award for Video of the Year and while on stage gave a lengthy speech in honour of the late Aretha Franklin, an oration that was intended to be laudatory but ended up perceived by many as self-indulgent.
An interview with Aretha reprised, fraud poses a problem for streaming, and Joni Mitchell's music is honoured in Saskatoon. Also making headlines are Armored Saint, Conan, Madonna, Piknic Électronik, phone songs, CNE, and Ryley Walker.