Music Biz Headlines, April 13, 2018

Toronto hip-hop group The Sorority is ready to bust out, a debate over posthumous albums, and a new project for R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. Others in the headlines include Tommy Stinson, the Humboldt Broncos, Lukas Nelson, Nana Mouskouri, Cuban music, Benny Lackner, Elvis Presley, Cecil Taylor and the Rock Hall of Fame.

Music Biz Headlines, April 13, 2018

By Kerry Doole

The Sorority is ready to shake up the world of hip-hop

The all-female Toronto group drops a barrage of bars on a debut album, Pledge  – Kevin Ritchie, NOW

Heaven or hell? The problem of the posthumous album

A new Cranberries album is due, featuring the vocals of Dolores O’Riordan. But the issue of what a late musician ‘would have wanted’ is often a dilemma for both bands and the fans  – Gavin Haynes, The Guardian

Joseph Arthur and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck hold onto music for survival

Arthur Buck is a new collaboration between singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur and the famed guitarist  –

Legendary rocker Tommy Stinson announces ‘Safe At Home

Replacements guitarist organises a benefit for Hudson Little League  –

‘They’re your kids’: Rod Stewart pays tribute to Humboldt Broncos during Calgary show

A massive photo of the Humboldt Broncos was displayed during a Rod Stewart concert in Calgary Sunday evening, as the music legend dedicated a song to those killed and injured in the tragic crash  – Katie Dangerfield,


Lukas Nelson talks writing with Lady Gaga, gigging with Neil Young

The Promise Of The Real leader talks about working with Gaga and learning to act as well as his upcoming run of shows with Neil Young  – Andy Greene, Rolling Stone

‘I was crying all the way through’: Nana Mouskouri visits Leonard Cohen exhibit

The Greek performer visited the Montreal exhibit while in town to promote her upcoming Canadian tour  –  David Friend, CP

Pat Chessell's I Confess delivers a dash of Dublin and a taste of Texas

The seven-song EP is professionally recorded with an ace supporting cast that includes roots heavyweight Steve Dawson and members of Spirit of the West and the Irish Rovers  – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Five reasons to check out a double bill of Cuban music

The concert features not one but two world-class Cuban artists. The Guardian has called Daymé Arocena “Cuba’s finest young female singer.” The same newspaper said that Roberto Fonseca “is the most exciting pianist in Cuba"  – Shawn Conner, Vancouver Sun

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' pulls back the veil on the King

How the new HBO documentary 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' uses his music to tell his life story – and restore his legacy as a genuine musical pioneer  – Andy Greene, Rolling Stone

Jazz inspiration leads pianist to interpret Brahms, Bowie, Radiohead

German-American pianist Benny Lackner plays and improvises over a vast repertoire of music from Brahms and Chopin to David Bowie’s Space Oddity and Radiohead’s Creep, plus his original tunes. You’re likely to hear all that and more when he makes his solo debut here Friday  –  Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal


Carrie Underwood's face: A guide to an enduring mystery

On Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the country star will appear on television. Normally, this would not be a huge deal, as Underwood has consistently been in the spotlight since she won "American Idol" in 2005  – Emily Yahr, Washington Post

How to fix the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Op-Ed

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has problems -- and not just because it hasn't inducted your favourite group. The Hall should have more women, more artists of colour, more acts in underrepresented genres like heavy metal. But after 32 years of inducting artists, the Hall's biggest bias has proved to be generational  – Gavin Edwards, Billboard

The world of Cecil Taylor, 1929–2018: An appreciation

In August 1997, I crammed myself into the claustrophobic basement of the Village Vanguard along with a hundred or so other contrarians to see avant-garde pioneer Cecil Taylor  –  Michael Agovino, Village Voice


The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024
Marc Thususka Photography

The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024


The Beaches, Charlotte Cardin, Allison Russell Make the 2024 Polaris Music Prize Long List

The 40-album long list for the Polaris Prize, which awards $50,000 to the best Canadian record of the year features up-and-comers like punk group NOBRO and producer Bambii, plus rapper TOBi, and legends like Quebec group Karkwa and previous Heritage Prize winner Beverly Glenn-Copeland.

Some of the country's biggest breakthrough artists are in contention for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

The 40-album long list was revealed today (June 11) at Sonic Boom record store in downtown Toronto. It features some of the buzziest names in Canadian music, from The Beaches — who were recently awarded Billboard Canada Women in Music's inaugural Group of the Year award — to Grammy-winner Allison Russell, to Canadian Hot 100 charting acts like Charlotte Cardin and Talk, to underground mainstays like Cindy Lee, who had an organic breakthrough this year with Diamond Jubilee.

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