Music Biz Headlines

Music Biz Headlines

June 10, 2019
by Kerry Doole

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 .

Bruce Springsteen album cover
June 7, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Bruce Springsteen's new album Western Stars (pictured), a profile of Michael McCarty, and Brian Wilson postpones a tour. Others in the headlines include Teenage Head, NXNE, Leon Redbone, Laurel Canyon, Amanda Palmer, Skid Row, Super Hi-Fi, Peter Perrett, Rolling Thunder, Herbie Hancock, and Spotify.

Field Trip fest Toronto
June 5, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Toronto faces a festival drought (pictured: Field Trip), NXNE turns 25, and a Boy George biopic is in the wings. Also in the headlines are Devontée, Fallen Tree Records, Carrie Underwood, Rory Gallagher, Napster, Governors Ball, Stereolab, Tom Petty, and iTunes.

Steven Page
June 3, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Steven Page (pictured) gets political, Rihanna’s superstardom is analyzed in economic terms, and Drake's plane is reported to be a freebie. Also in the headlines are Hot Shots Lounge, Merritt murals, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Beastie Boys, Apple Music, royalties, AI, generative music apps, Trans World, and Primavera Sound.

Murray Lightburn  Facebook photo
May 31, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Dears frontman Murray Lightburn (pictured) goes solo, Ralph Murphy is remembered, and contrasting takes on Raptors fan Drake. Also in the headlines are Elton John, TSO, Dave Stewart, Spice Girls, Duff McKagan, Will Smith, metadata, Willie Nelson, and Moby.

Andre Menard
May 29, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Montreal Jazz fest legend André Ménard (pictured) discusses 40 years, Drake attracts more flak, and Rosalie Trombley boosted Elton's career. Others in the headlines include Leanne Hoffman, Carrie Underwood, copyright policy, hard drum, Nick Lowe, Gregg Allman, Russian rap, summer songs, biopics, Dido, Neil Young, and ByteDance.

Bob Ezrin. Photo: Smilezone Foundation
May 27, 2019
by Kerry Doole

A look at superstar record producer Bob Ezrin (pictured), Drake is dissed for buffoonery, and John and Yoko's bed-in remembered. Others in the headlines include Deane Cameron, Lydia Persaud, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Bookie, Ron Hawkins, Loud, Higher Brothers, Inuit pop, Aretha, Moby, Beastie Boys, Ultra Music Festival, and Rudimental.

Jean Leloup  Facebook photo
May 24, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Quebec star Jean Leloup (pictured) has a new album, Raptors superfan Drake draws flak, and The Verve settles a dispute with The Stones. Also in the headlines are Bashar Murad, Old Town Road, Stewart Copeland, Eliza Doyle, Evalyn Parry, The Verve, The Stray Cats, Snow, Woodstock 50, Elton John, Ornette Coleman, The National, Gilles Peterson, and Cracker.

The Matador
May 21, 2019
by Kerry Doole

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.

A scene from Tapestry Opera's Shanawdithit
May 17, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Tapestry Opera (pictured) wins indigenous kudos, L’Atelier Grigorian is remembered, and Drake is boycotted. Others in the headlines include Bart, Yvonne Matsell, MVP Project, The Carleton, MMF, Morrissey, Spotify, Roger Daltrey, AMA, Led Zeppelin, Carly Rae Jepsen, the Louvins, and Woodstock 50.

Haviah Mighty
May 15, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Rapper Haviah Mighty (pictured) delivers an inspiring new album, the fascinating life of maestro Andrew Balfour, and the Drake curse examined. Also in the headlines: Bhad Bhabie, Lennie Gallant, Vampire Weekend, Filthy Friends, Madonna, Ticketmaster, breakbeats Todd Rundgren, Imogen Heap, Ani DiFranco, and Evan Dando.

Merck Mercuriadis
May 13, 2019
by Kerry Doole

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.