Music Biz Headlines, April 18, 2018

Sloan gives up the secrets to longevity, Beyonce rewards black students, and Kardinal Offishall salutes the Raptors with Northern Touch remix. Others in the headlines include Janelle Monáe, Record Store Day, #MeToo, Kanye West, Prince, Johnny Reid, Lo Moon, and London Music Awards.

Music Biz Headlines, April 18, 2018

By Kerry Doole

The 11 Keys to keeping the band together

On the occasion of their 12th album and 27th year together, Sloan shares their wisdom on how to make musical matrimony last – Ben Lindbergh,

Braun: For the love of vinyl

Music, vinyl, nostalgia — Record Store Day has everything. April 21 will mark the 11th-anniversary edition of every LP fan’s fave retail experience, the one day of the year that celebrates the ever-growing pack of indie record stores all over Canada and the world – Liz Braun, Toronto Sun

Beyonce follows Coachella triumph by announcing $100,000 in scholarships for historically black colleges

Through her BeyGOOD  initiative, the singer announced the four schools to receive the newly established Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year  –Jem Aswad, Variety


From Madonna to Janelle Monáe: how female sexuality progressed in pop

In her new song "Pynk," Janelle Monáe crafts a milestone for how women’s bodies are referenced within music after years of sexualization aimed at a male audience – Rachel Brodsky The Guardian

Rethinking my rock fandom in the age of #MeToo

As the movement shines a spotlight on the systemic misogyny of rock 'n' roll culture, I can't help but ask myself: do I have to throw out my record collection? – Carla Gillis, NOW

Canadian musicians discuss the most treasured records in their collections

Cadence Weapon, Brendan Canning and Barbara Hannigan share their gems – Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

Arts industry report asks: where are all the working-class people?

The film, broadcasting, publishing and performing sectors are nowhere near representative of UK – Mark Brown, The Guardian

Kanye West, the would-be philosopher, wants to go deep — where Kim can’t follow

The rap superstar’s working on a book questioning and looking past the superficial reality — but that’s where his wife Kim Kardashian West lives and thrives – Vinay Menon, Toronto Star

As Prince heirs stew, bankers and lawyers cash in on estate

As the second anniversary of Prince's death approaches, his heirs have yet to collect a dollar of an estimated $200 million held in trust. But bankers, lawyers and consultants have earned millions from it –

Johnny Reid enters home stretch of lengthy Canadian tour

By the time the Canadian superstar wraps up his national tour in St. John’s on April 24, he estimates he will have played before upwards of 75,000 fans all across Canada – Ken Kelley, nor'easteronline


Lo Moon’s Lowell channelled love’s dark side into the band’s music

Nothing builds character like a little adversity, which explains why Lo Moon’s Matt Lowell learned far more about life while struggling in Los Angeles than he did studying at Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

London Music Awards go on despite ice storm's blast

Rain, sleet and even the occasional snowflake couldn't keep Londoners away from the music –  Joe Belanger, London Free Press

Kardinal Offishall drops new version of Northern Touch for the Toronto Raptors

The full remix of the Canadian hip-hop anthem debuted before the team's first playoff game – Richard Trapunski, NOW

Toronto’s Discovery Records closing down after 36 years

Discovery Used & Collectors’ Records in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood is shutting down, with a month-long April close-out sale serving as the shop’s farewell. Owner Jim Levitt opened the store in 1982 with 10 milk crates of used albums set atop some donated old banquet tables – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

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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