Music Biz Headlines, April 27, 2018

Neil Young set to rock out with Crazy Horse again, Fleetwood Mac discusses a new lineup, and Germany's Echo Awards are shut down. Others in the headlines are Bend Sinister, J Cole, Paul Cargnello, the Dubé brothers, CBS All Access, Steven Wilson, Vancouver World Music Festival, F & M, artist managers, and John Prine.

Music Biz Headlines, April 27, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Fleetwood Mac details new tour and talk life after Lindsey Buckingham

In their first interview since firing their longtime guitarist, the group discusses balancing lingering tensions with an expanded live palette – Andy Greene, Rolling Stone

Germany to discontinue ECHO Awards, the country's top music prize, after anti-semitic lyric backlash

The decision to end the awards, which have been running since 1992, comes amid an intense backlash  after rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang won the ECHO for hip-hop/urban album on April 12, despite the duo having a song with explicitly anti-Semitic lyrics – Wolfgang Spahr, Billboard

Neil Young set to reunite with Crazy Horse

“Fresno. May 1 and 2. First time in a long time, live on stage. No rehearsal,” the statement read – Martin Kielty,


Greil Marcus’s Real Life Rock Top 10: Punk, liberty and dreams

According to Viv Albertine, Pussy Riot, Jack White, Yo La Tengo and Elvis Presley – Greil Marcus, Village Voice

On Our Radar: Bend Sinister shows you how to love with new single premiere

While most bands like to croon over mournful melodies about a love lost, Vancouver-based group Bend Sinister prefers to joyfully ask the world to love regardless – Dannielle Piper, Georgia Straight

Show Biz Chez Nous: Paul Cargnello celebrates the Montreal soul scene

The seasoned indie rocker conscripted a stellar lineup for his MTL RNB project – Brendan Kelly, Montreal Gazette

J. Cole's KOD isn't full of hits, but it's a front-to-back success

The hip-hop artist's fifth album cycles through the ups and downs of addiction, throwing a few shots at trendy trap-rappers along the way – Scott Glaysher, NOW

Remember the Dubé brothers’ band? They’re back and climbing higher

The trio of Ottawa siblings, who opened for the Beach Boys in 2013 while still underage, shocked a few people with their new drug-friendly makeover. They play Toronto’s Hard Luck on April 27 –  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

CBS is launching its digital video subscription service  CBS All Access in Canada

This is its first expansion to a market outside of the US and will offer Canadian viewers 7,500 commercial-free episodes of programming  –

Q&A: Steven Wilson on To the Bone, challenging his fans and great pop

The English art-rock auteur and Montreal favourite paints with new colours on his fifth solo album. Wilson performs Saturday at the Olympia – Jordan Zivitz, Montreal Gazette


Vancouver World Music Festival: Five reasons to check it out

Running April 26-29. it features intriguingly eclectic artists – Shawn Conner, Vancouver Sun

Pairing wine with music

Rebecca Anderson and Ryan Anderson from F&M, an Edmonton-based band, have been sharing their pairings of wine with music for a some time now on Twitter – Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal

Revolving Doors: Artist manager musical chairs highlight industry change

In recent weeks, Cardi B, Kanye West, Adam Levine, Travis Scott and others have all changed their management. This raises a salient question: Why? – Roy Trakin, Pollstar

Life, death, and John Prine

The 71-year-old’s songs soundtrack moments of deep pain and joy for many, including this writer – Jayson Greene, Pitchfork

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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

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Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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