Music Biz Headlines

Music Biz Headlines

Dave Bidini  Photo: Eventbrite
October 17, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Rheostatic Dave Bidini (pictured) earns a rave review for his new book, Rufus Wainwright's opera draws mixed notices, and Tragically Hip tribute bands keep Gord Downie's legacy alive. Also in the headlines are Annie Leibovitz, The Town Heroes, Cub Sports, Lefsetz vs Flom, Tom DeLonge, Chinese hip-hop, Spotify, IFPI report, Tencent, The Orchard, MMA, Richard Branson, Chris Stein, Thom Yorke, Drake, Colter Wall, XTC, Prince, Bob Dylan, and Rihanna.

October 15, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Halifax trio Neon Dream has a renewed focus, Canada’s artistic middle class is under threat, and Phil Collins impresses in concert. Others in the headlines include Spotify, Real Ponchos, Liz Phair, cowboy poets, Lil Wayne, USMCA, IFPI, Horseshoe Tavern, Hey Ocean!, Sentric, Genius, female producers, Bryan Adams, Amy Winehouse, Drake, Katy Perry, Nirvana, and Bob Dylan.

Jessie Reyez  Instagram photo
October 12, 2018
by Kerry Doole

A day in the life of Jessie Reyez (pictured), Toronto's next big pop star, Roy Orbison is brought back to life, and Gord Downie's brothers reminisce. Also in the headlines are Dear Rouge, Jay Aymar, Wide Cut Weekend, Cat Power, Leonard Cohen, MMA, The Palomino, AMAs, the Internet Archive, Alessia Cara, Steve Perry, and Lindsey Buckingham.

Steve Coady (l) with Brett Kissel
October 10, 2018
by Kerry Doole

In today's summary of headlines, Warner Music Canada exec Steve Coady (pictured with Brett Kissel) reflects on his career that started off in the Maritimes where his values were hewn in the bedrock of Atlantic Canada.

Tom Petty   Photo: The Wrap
October 5, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Tom Petty (pictured) is remembered, Moe Berg discusses TPOH, and Wu-Tang Clan deliver the goods. Others in the headlines include The Byrds, Charles Aznavour, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Ensign Broderick, Steve Hill, Deafheaven, Justin Bieber, Kavanugh protests, Nigel Olsson, and Taylor Swift.

October 3, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Soft Cell (pictured) wave goodbye, Kanye West shocks on SNL, and I'm With Her makes feminist folk. Also in the headlines are an October playlist, Believe, Invisible City, Journey, the Ryman Auditorium, Kenny Wheeler, ESO, Kyp Harness, Cardi B, Sigur Ros, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Betty Davis
October 1, 2018
by Kerry Doole

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. 

September 28, 2018
by Kerry Doole

The remarkable career of Buffy Sainte-Marie (pictured), Drake's extravagant Toronto mansion, and Ticketmaster’s ‘TradeDesk’ scalper tool explained. Others in the headlines include Borns. the Beatles, Elton John, Polaris Prize, Venus Fest, Planets suite, Metric, Keith Urban, La Force, Prince, Regina Symphony Orchestra, WSO, Alejandro Escovedo, and Gordon Bintner.

Elton John  Photo: Grammy.com
September 26, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Elton John (pictured) is loyal to his label, Paul Simon's swansong tour ends, and SiriusXM acquires Pandora. Also in the headlines are Neil Young, Spotify, Brodie West, MMA, 6lack, Kitty & The Rooster,  “Joe Joe” Hoo Kim, Dr. Dre, Fred Eaglesmith, Grossman's Tavern, and Mandy Morris.

Metric
September 24, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Metric (pictured) remain relevant, Buffy Sainte-Marie's life is detailed in a new book, and an Indigenous Canadian renaissance is underway. Also in the headlines are Ticketmaster, Courtney Love, Lou Phelps, Bob Moses, CD sales, Tafelmusik, Steven Page, Christine and the Queens, Reggie Watts, and SSO.

Shania Twain
September 21, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Shania slays in Glasgow, Frank Turner's love affair with Toronto, and Polaris Prize gains international attention. Also in the headlines are KK Downing, Saskatoon concerts, Jeff Dalziel, Sirius XM, Mac Miller, Lauryn Hill, Ticketmaster, and Modern Sky.

Rihanna promotes education in Malawi
September 18, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Rihanna (pictured) praises education, ticket gouging explored, and the Music Modernization Act passes. Others in the headlines include William Prince, Quebec's music industry, Martin Bandier, Michael Ford, Bob Marley, The Mercury Prize, luthiers, Hubert Lenoir, Prince, and Rifflandia.