Music Biz Headlines, Aug. 16, 2019

Toronto's Danforth Music Hall (pictured) turns 100, Drakes new tat arouses ire, and a brace of Woodstock stories. Others in the headlines include Neil Young, A Tribe Called Red, ASAP Rocky, Peaches, Taylor Swift, Mick Jagger, Jay-Z, Tencent, music films, Yola Día, Lil Nas X, HMV, Red Kross, and Peter Murphy.

Music Biz Headlines, Aug. 16, 2019

By FYI Staff

Drake's new tattoo is making some people really mad

Drake is officially bigger than the Beatles — a fact that he'd like everyone who sees him in a short-sleeved shirt to be reminded of, every day, for the rest of his life. Champagne Papi casually showed off what appears to be a new tattoo on Instagram Monday, sending a torrent of rotated screenshots reverberating across the web.  – BlogTO

Neil Young explains why he was edited out of Woodstock movie

Young has told Howard Stern the story about how is pissed off a camera-man at Woodstock 50 years ago so to piss him off they edited him out of his Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performance and edited his name out of the band title. – Noise11


A Tribe Called Red is ready to see you sweat 

The powwow-dubstep duo return to Halifax on Aug. 21 with a summer bop for the ages. – Sara Connor, The Coast

Peaches explains her body positive, provocative art exhibit in Germany

Peaches, musician and body-positive, gender-bending feminist warrior, has been working the past year on an ambitious 10,000 square foot, 14-scene multimedia institutional art show. Entitled Whose Jizz Is This?, it just opened in Hamburg, Germany at Kunstverein and runs until Oct. 20. – Karen Bliss, Billboard

OSAP Ontario student loans is trending on Twitter after Taylor Swift paid fan's tuition

Right now, being a student in Ontario isn't easy, especially if you have to take out student loans through OSAP. For Ayesha Khurram, though, things got a little easier when Taylor Swift paid her tuition after seeing the Canadian's post on Tumblr. – Narcity

Mick Jagger’s turn as a scheming art dealer in The Burnt Orange Heresy at TIFF

Rolling Stones frontman Jagger co-stars in The Burnt Orange Heresy, an erotic neo-noir screening as a gala, set in present-day Italy and directed by Giuseppe Capotondi (TV’s Berlin Station). The film has its North American premiere at TIFF after closing the Venice film fest. –  Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Danforth Music Hall turns 100

To celebrate the century-old Toronto concert hall, six Canadian musicians share their favourite show memories. – Tabassum Siddiqui, NOW

Why the Danforth Music Hall is one of the few venues Toronto can count on

Despite its reputation for knocking down and/or paving over the remnants of its cultural past, Toronto does occasionally manage to hang on to some of its most cherished spaces. Few of those spaces are prized as highly by local music fans these days as the Danforth Music Hall, which turns 100 years old on Aug. 18. –  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star


Pop sensation Stereos reunite

After a seven-year hiatus Stereos comes together for a nostalgic gig on Aug. 16 at Station on Jasper. – Anna Borowiecki,St Albert Today

Canadiens season tickets centre of court battle after divorce

One man’s divorce led to his former brother-in-law missing out on six years-worth of hockey games. After a lengthy legal battle, a judge sided with one of the men, finding that he had every right to use the Canadiens season-tickets that his former brother-in-law denied him. – Ticketnews


NFL teaming with Jay-Z on entertainment and social activism

The league not only will use Jay-Z’s Roc Nation to consult on its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show, but will work with the rapper and entrepreneur’s company to “strengthen community through music and the NFL’s Inspire Change initiative.” – Barry Wilner, AP

Why in a post-Tencent Universal world the three major music companies are worth nearly $90B

The three major music companies are collectively worth more than $85 billion – and they have Tencent to thank. – Tim Ingham, MBW

Blinded by the Light is not the Boss of Bruce Springsteen movies, though it is solid middle-management

Part Billy Elliot and part Chadha’s own underdog hit Bend It Like Beckham, Blinded by the Light is a feel-good coming-of-age movie that often feels way too good about itself. – Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail


The Woodstock generation reflects on the legacy of a cultural touchstone

 To many who went or wished they did, the pivotal festival of “peace and music” 50 years ago remains an inspiring moment of counterculture community and youthful freethinking. – Jennifer Peltz , AP

The rise, and urbanization, of big music festivals

The legacy of hippie Woodstock is the modern music-festival economy: materialist, driven by celebrities and social media, and increasingly urban. – Richard Florida, CityLab


The true glory of Woodstock is that they managed to clean up so well

Archaeologists are finding evidence of the landmark festival anyway. –  Isaac Schultz,  Atlas Obscura

ASAP Rocky found guilty of assault in Sweden

A Swedish court found American rapper ASAP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm on Wednesday. He will not serve more jail time though. – AP

From Queen to Springsteen: Why are there so many music films?

For cinema-goers, 2019 has been the year of the music film. We've already had movies powered by the sonic might of Sir Elton John, The Beatles, Motley Crue and Bruce Springsteen, as well rockumentaries on Liam Gallagher, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. With Judy Garland, Michael Hutchence, Suzi Quatro and George Michael-flavoured features still to come, by Christmas we'll have seen enough singers at the pictures to fill up an entire 2020 wall calendar. – BBC

In a world where women have a hard time getting equitable space on festival bills, or earning headlining spots, Yola Día is taking the woman-made festival one step further. In addition to an all-woman bill that includes Lykke Li,  Cat Power, and Courtney Love, there's an team of all-woman bartenders, restauranteurs, and artists who will display work on the festival grounds in Los Angeles's Historic State Park. It's unlike any other festival out there. – Courtney Smith, Refinery 29

HMV’s liquidation next week to give Hongkongers a chance to get their hands on 100,000 DVDs, records and its iconic dog statues

Sale to include 50,000 DVDs, 24,000 Blu-ray discs, 20,000 music CDs and 9,000 vinyl records among other items. Vision AS, which is handling the music retailer’s liquidation, says that tender sale for the stockpile had to be scrapped as the bids were too low. – South China Morning Post

CMA voters consider whether to nominate Old Town Road

Though Lil Nas X has broken chart records and become a streaming juggernaut with his breakout country rap hit Old Town Road with Billy Ray Cyrus, the song faces an uphill challenge to get a nomination for a CMA award. Ballots have gone out for nominations for the Country Music Association Awards, but some voters are struggling to decide how to recognize the musical phenomenon of the year. – Kristin M. Hall, AP


Grunge veterans Redd Kross: 'Courtney Love blacklisted us!'

They were heralded as the forefathers of grunge, but a fondness for snubbing fashion – and crank calling their peers – meant that the McDonald brothers never made the big time. Not that they care. – i

Rock death in the ’70s: A sweepstakes

"Do not the dead deserve an accounting at least as irreproachable as the survivors receive with each week’s edi­tion of Billboard?" – Greil Marcus, Village Voice

Music user groups warn DOJ abandoning consent decrees 'would be a public policy error of the highest order'

The Radio Music Licensing Committee, the Digital Media Association and the MIC Coalition respond to efforts to reform the decades-old system determining ASCAP and BMI's rates. – Ed Christman, Bllboard

Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy suffers heart attack

The 60-year-old musician is currently recovering in a New York hospital. – Alex Young, CoS 

Jay-Z looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League final football match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid CF.
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Jay-Z looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League final football match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid CF.

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Jay-Z Opens Tom Brady’s Patriots Hall of Fame Ceremony With Surprise ‘PSA’ Performance: Watch

Fans were seemingly caught off-guard when Hov emerged from the smoke onstage.

Greatness always recognizes greatness. Jay-Z surprised the thousands of fans packing Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night (June 12) when he opened up Tom Brady’s Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Massachusetts.

Hov emerged from the smoke filling the stage with his epic “Public Service Announcement” opening line: “Allow me to reintroduce myself.” Fans were initially caught off-guard and seemingly had no idea that rap royalty was in front of their eyes.

This article was originally published by Billboard U.S.

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