Spotify finished 2018 with 96M paying subscribers around the world, up by 25M year-on-year.
Arkells celebrate the 2018 MusiCounts Passion Prize recipient (pictured), T. Thomason wins on The Launch, and Royal Mountain Records establishes a mental health fund. Also in the news are Audrey Ochoa, Edmonton Music Prize, Spotify, ole, Al Pedecine, CMA International Awards, Grammy odds, Sharon and Bram, TR/ST, and Said The Whale. Videos added for your enjoyment.
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Corey Hart (pictured) returns to the fray, the Toronto hardcore scene is celebrated, and Nile Rodgers reflects. Also in the headlines are Dan Mangan, Vancouver festivals, King Princess, Spotify, Pledge Music, Bob Dylan, Nigerian rock, Azealia Banks, Roxy Music, and Deerhunter.
Star couple Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk (pictured) are profiled in a new documentary, concern over Canada's new Minister of Justice's view of copyright, and Spotify's Preferred Distributors list. Also in the headlines are Dear Evan Hansen, John Werner, PUP, Duke Robillard, Call Me Mildy, Carl Morey, Cory Weeds, Putin, Bitfury, Country Music Critics’ Poll, Chris Cornell, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Drake, Soulja Boy, and Jackie Shane.
Roots-rock ensemble Cuff the Duke (pictured) returns to the fray, vinyl supplier RPM closes down, a Beatles collection is stolen, and the Who announces another farewell tour. Also in the headlines are John Lennon, Lana Del Rey, Dierks Bentley, Spotify, R. Kelly, Total Gadjos, TSO, CES, Asian underground, music videos, The Masked Singer, the 1975, United Sound Systems, and Lou Reed.
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Cold Specks (pictured) gets confessional, Yannick Nézet-Séguin shines, and Toronto's best albums. Also in the headlines are Bison, Stompin' Tom, Childish Gambino, Indarra, YouTube, Spotify, Sony Music, #MeToo, Grammys, Fillmore West, Monterey Pop, Iggy Pop, female rap, Johnny Marr, The Pogues and Aretha Franklin.
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.
How the NMC acquired TONTO (pictured), the El Mocambo's neon sign is reinstalled, and a young Neil muses about the business. Others in the headlines include Nick Fiorucci, Maria Dunn, Vince Staples, Christine Fellows, SSO, boygenius, Rolling Stone, California fires, GDPR, Spotify, album sales, Trojan Records, surround sound, Gregg Alexander, Great Van Fleet, Astral Weeks, Dido, Douglas Rain, Ed Sheeran, and Kate Bush.