The Weeknd attracts pre-Superbowl hype, Justin and Hailey steam up the screen, and Greg Godovitz delivers a second memoir. Others in the headlines include 54-40, Drake, CONTACT fest, Kennedy Rd., Bif Naked, Tencent, UMG, John Branca, Coachella, Marilyn Laverty, Twitter, Live Nation, Big Hit, Aaron Neville, Rod Stewart, and Yma Sumac.
The accolades flow for Triumph (pictured), Blowup turns 25, and a new song from Grimes. Others in the headlines include Tencent, Leonard Cohen, Matt Mays, Drake, green tours, Boney M, Taylor Swift, Billboard, music royalties, The Clash, Rod Stewart, Dr. Dre, CMJ, and Carol Kaye.
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, Matt Boudreau (pictured) and Tomato/Tomato lead the MNB Awards noms, Harmonium to enter the CSHF, and Ellis shines at Supercrawl. Others in the news include HMV, Shawn Mendes, ZipDJ, Dundurn Press, Rod Stewart, Esthero, Indie Week, Miloš, Grimes, Music PEI, Jean-Paul De Roover, and farewell to Ric Ocasek, Hossam Ramzy, and Eddie Money.
A new film depicts funk star Betty Davis (pictured), John Lydon mouths off, and how Robyn helped transform pop. Also in the headlines are Tupac Shakur, Leonard Cohen, Sting, Yungblud, Birdie Whyte, Tim Williams, Ultra fest, Toronto dance music, Rod Stewart, Queer Songbook Orchestra, Arcade Fire, Giles Martin, and Mavis Staples.
Toronto hip-hop group The Sorority is ready to bust out, a debate over posthumous albums, and a new project for R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. Others in the headlines include Tommy Stinson, the Humboldt Broncos, Lukas Nelson, Nana Mouskouri, Cuban music, Benny Lackner, Elvis Presley, Cecil Taylor and the Rock Hall of Fame.
Rod Stewart has a soft spot for Canada, SXSW remains relevant, and Johnny Reid is back on the road. Also making the headlines are Lorde, Canadian country acts, Pussy Riot, Katy Perry, Nels Cline, Superorganism, Pharis and Jason Romero, Sir Ringo Starr, vintage T-shirts, and a musical Soviet spy.
Rod Stewart updates "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy," Maroon 5 has another successful collaboration with Sza, Tim Hicks continues his streak of hits, and Danko Jones hits the jackpot with the 2nd Wild Cat single.