Music Biz Headlines

Music Biz Headlines

Aretha Franklin
August 20, 2018
by Kerry Doole

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.

Photo: drownedmadonna.com
August 17, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Madonna (pictured) turns 60, a look at Aretha's private life, and Jack White assumes guitar god status. Also in the headlines are Toronto hip-hop, Jacob Hoggard, Osheaga, Jerry Garcia, Cory Weeds, Danny Bonaduce, SOCAN, SODRAC, Alexander Stewart, Sudbury's Up Here fest, Shakey Graves, YOLA, Shortstack records, Pearl Jam, and Camden's The Lock.

Nicki Minaj album cover
August 15, 2018
by Kerry Doole

An analysis of Nicki Minaj's new album (pictured), classical music for novices, and a fond farewell to Ken Pickering. Also in the headlines are Chastity, Elvis Presley, festival noise, Justin Bieber, Ticketmaster, Nancy Wilson, Jack Richardson, Edmonton Folk Fest, John Mellencamp, Elliott Brood, New Order, and classic rock.

August 13, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Cannabis sponsorship of music events raises eyebrows, festivals are pressed to combat groping, and the Elvis Presley Foundation is broke. Others in the headlines are Nap Eyes, Android, Britney Spears, Jennifer Castle, Billy Talent, Vancouver rap, Sumner Redstone, Tash Sultana, Neil Finn, Sass Jordan, Prime Boys, Mamma Mia!, Paul Reddick, and Ry Cooder.

August 10, 2018
by Kerry Doole

A possible resurgence for the compact disc, science tackles Lennon-McCartney songs, and Joe Elliott strolls down memory lane. Also in the headlines are QOTSA, Brady Bunch, Veld fest, Ludacris, Goldilox, gender equality, Lebanon fests, Brian's Record option, Jon Lovitz, X Avant, and Bear Witness.

August 8, 2018
by Kerry Doole

The love affair of Toronto and The National (pictured), two contrasting takes on Taylor Swift and the candid recollections of Kiesza. Others in the headlines include Seymour Stein, ticket scalping, Big Valley Jamboree, Zildjian, Twitch. Tv, Lady Gaga, Canadian record stores, Patti-Anne Tarlton, Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Drake, Tommy Chong, James, The PepTides, and Cambridge Folk Festival.

Trent Reznor   Photo: Consequence of Sound
August 3, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Trent Reznor (pictured) discusses Nine Inch Nails, Broadway musicals head to the big screen, and worthy new music books. Also in the headlines are music fandom, EDM moneymakers, Drake, Sleep, the Obamas, Billboard hits, SESAC, Harry Fox, Spotify, Troye Sivan, Funk Velvet, Ozzy Osbourne, Soulpepper, and Caribbean Carnival.

Easy Rider poster
August 1, 2018
by Kerry Doole

The making of Born To Be Wild, the explorations of Brian Eno, and the rise of computer-generated celebrities. Also in the headlines are Jazz Cartier, The Beat Goes On, Lollapalooza, Jacob Hoggard, Foo Fighters, Bigsound, Masta Killa, Phish, Kanye West, Mike Plume, Current, and the Mill Race Festival.

Colter Wall   Photo: Paste magazine
July 30, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Colter Wall flies the flag for outlaw country, Kate Bush turns 60, and Elvis Costello announces a new album. Others in the headlines include Jazz Cartier, Kidz Bop, Abba, Marilyn Manson, Dub J, Burton Cummings, Thorgy Thor, Homeshake, Brian Blade, and Bobby Brown.

John Kay
July 27, 2018
by Kerry Doole

John Kay (pictured) turns philanthropist, Canadian rockers cash in on the craft beer fad and the trials of Demi Lovato. Also in the headlines are Gruff Rhys, the Ness Creek and Squamish fests, Toto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, National Album Day, Joan Jett, Nilüfer Yanya, Evanescence, and The Interrupters.

Chris Cornell statue
July 25, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Chris Cornell will be honoured with a Seattle statue, R. Kelly fights back, and Rich Aucoin wraps his marathon cycling trek. Others in the headlines include Fairland Funhouse, Lorde, Interstellar Rodeo, Toto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, MorMor, Wallgrin, Big Pond, and the Home County fest.

Astronaut and Kraftwerk collaborator Alexander Gerst
July 23, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Kraftwerk gets a musical assist from a German spaceman (pictured), Radiohead's return to Toronto grabs international attention, and Despacito gives Latin music a boost in Canada. Also in the headlines are Justin Bieber, Andrea Nixon, Ontario festivals, Juliette Lewis, Club 23 West, Wagner's Ring, Garry Lowe, celebrity opioid deaths, Current fest, Foonyap, and Mamma Mia!