Music Biz Headlines, April 10, 2019

PUP (pictured) is on a roll, Gordon Lightfoot gets profiled, and the global value of music copyright rises. Also in the headlines: Dirty Radio, Earl Sweatshirt, King Crimson, Buckman Coe, R, Kelly, David Gilmour, Justin Bieber, Jane Siberry, Tanya Tagaq, Lang Lang, and Google Play Music.

Music Biz Headlines, April 10, 2019

By Kerry Doole

For Dirty Radio, it all starts with a beat

Dirty Radio has largely focused on releasing singles, a strategy that has worked out incredibly well, with the act having racked up more than 40 million streams on Spotify to date. A new album is coming April 12. – John Lucas, Georgia Straight

Punk band PUP rolling in the right direction

For the scrappy Torontonians, success is measured in how they do in a major city in Ohio that is home to a famous baseball team and a fictional radio station. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

'The cat's meow,' says Gordon Lightfoot of the idea of a feature film about his life

Gordon Lightfoot’s notable life is appearing in all forms currently. There was Nicholas Jennings’ 2017 bestselling biography, and a new 2019 documentary, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind, directed by Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni, soon to have its world premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs on April 27. So the next thing could be a feature film right? – Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun


The energy of Jean-Michel Blais 

The acclaimed Montreal pianist never wants to play the same show twice. Stylistically, he cites influences across the history of instrumental music, from Schoenberg to John Cage. –  Brennan McCracken, The Coast

It's Ok* wants to unite Toronto's thriving grassroots music scenes

Despite venue closures, the city's DIY communities are thriving – and with their genre-spanning, venue-moving series, Said Yassin and Alicia Bee aim to show it.  –  Max Mertens, NOW

On Our Radar: Buckman Coe captures the heaven and hell of relationships in video for "Price You Pay"

The song is set to a smooth-blues-soul jam that makes one wonder why Buckman Coe isn't cashing Clapton-sized royalty cheques and headlining the Orpheum every second Sunday. –  Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

DJ Ricochet talks Made In Toronto, Flow 93.5, advice for new artists & more

With the emergence of 93.5 The Flow’s segment Made In Toronto, hip-hop has found a solid outlet to rely on for support. “Made In Toronto” has taken the airwaves by storm and introduced listeners to a large arsenal of local, budding talent.  –  Remi Louis HarrisHip-Hop Canada

Concert review: Earl Sweatshirt's show at Rebel was anything but a mope-fest

The 25-year-old rapper's introspective lyrics and mellow flows don't always translate live, but they worked on this night. –  Nick Flanagan, NOW



Shots fired: Justin Bieber contests Shawn Mendes' Prince Of Pop title

The Biebs took exception to Mendes being given the tag, later explaining that "I’m just competitive as is he so it was just a little playful jargon." –  Paris Close, iHeartRadio

The global value of music copyright topped $28B in 2017

This represents growth of 7.6%. It was the record labels, with 9.0% growth, that for the first time outpaced other rightsholders (publishers and songwriter Collective Management Organisations (CMOs).   –  MBW

King Crimson to begin streaming entire studio catalog

All 13 of band’s studio albums will hit Spotify and other services in time for the upcoming 50th-anniversary tour. –  Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone

R. Kelly gives a 28-second performance at Illinois club

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The Weeknd Spotted at Kendrick Lamar's 'Pop Out' Concert in Los Angeles

Unlike former Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan, the Scarborough-born artist never got onstage, but he was in the audience of the show that featured Drake diss tracks 'Not Like Us' and 'Euphoria.'

Kendrick Lamar took over the internet last night (June. 19) with his "Pop Out" concert live-streamed on Prime Video from the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. If it wasn't clear Kendrick had won public opinion in his beef with Drake, it was when the stage united cultural figures from L.A. — from up-and-comers to legends like Dr. Dre, basketball stars like Russell Westbrook, even someone Drake name-dropped in one of his diss tracks, DJ Mustard — to dance along to the scathing "Not Like Us."

DeMar DeRozan, the beloved former Toronto Raptor who was once close enough to Drake that he spilled the beans on an upcoming mixtape joined fellow L.A.-born NBA player Westbrook onstage at the Forum during "Not Like Us."

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