Music Biz Headlines, Aug. 17, 2018

Madonna (pictured) turns 60, a look at Aretha's private life, and Jack White assumes guitar god status. Also in the headlines are Toronto hip-hop, Jacob Hoggard, Osheaga, Jerry Garcia, Cory Weeds, Danny Bonaduce, SOCAN, SODRAC, Alexander Stewart, Sudbury's Up Here fest, Shakey Graves, YOLA, Shortstack records, Pearl Jam, and Camden's The Lock.

Music Biz Headlines, Aug. 17, 2018

By Kerry Doole

All hail Madonna, a 60-year-old woman who won’t be quiet

The pop singer turns 60 this week – and she is still defying the critics who tell older women to ‘gracefully’ fade away.  – Fiona Sturges, The Guardian

Aretha’s biographer on the complicated woman behind the Diva

"She tried to paint a picture of a happy life," reports noted music writer David Ritz, a man with rare knowledge of her private life.  – Roy Trakin, Variety

Why won’t Toronto venues book hip-hop?

Despite being the highest-grossing genre in the world, hip-hop often struggles for space on local stages. –  Lidia Abraha, NOW

Iconic Jack White shows an awestruck Vancouver he's now a full-fledged (not to mention benevolent) guitar god

Ever the shapeshifter, Jack White has been many things during his past visits to Vancouver. –  Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight


Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard has sex assault case put over until next month

The case involving three sex-related charges has been put over to Sept. 12 in Toronto. –  CP

Teen's death after Osheaga raises security questions

Youth, heat, distance from the city, long days and potential for intoxication can be a dangerous combination. –  T'cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette

Remembering Jerry Garcia’s musical impact

The leader of the Grateful Dead lived a life dedicated to music, and has inspired my own life. –  Elyadeen Anbar, flypaper

5 things to know about new recording Explosion from Cory Weeds Little Big Band

Music critic Stuart Derdeyn reviews top local and international record releases each week. – Vancouver Sun

The SOCAN & SODRAC merger and what it means

Two weeks ago, performing rights organization SOCAN made the major announcement that it was merging with reproduction rights organization SODRAC. Here are details of the deal. –  Canadian Musician

Danny Bonaduce is sneaking around record stores signing Partridge Family albums

He is on a mission to add value to old Partridge Family albums by adding his moniker to them. –

Let DJs be DJs and stop telling them what to play

You're entitled to an opinion, but telling a DJ how to do their job isn't on. –  Dave Turner, mixmag

‘A healing moment’: Alexander Stewart on singing ‘Hallelujah’ at Danforth tribute

Stewart delivered a poignant rendition of Leonard Cohen’s classic on Friday to honour the victims of the Danforth shooting that shocked the Greektown community where he grew up. The prime minister quietly sang along while standing beside him. –  David Friend, CP

6 Reasons why Up Here is the Sudbury festival you need to know about

This weekend, Up Here brings the vibrant talent of over 40 artists into some of the most interesting venues in the city. Look forward to performances by Patrick Watson, Charlotte Day Wilson, Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois, and many more. –  Jordan Nicksy


Pearl Jam unapologetic for White House poster

Pearl Jam's bassist is unapologetic for a concert poster that has Republicans crying foul. Jeff Ament said in a statement Wednesday that he was the "sole conceptualist" for the poster depicting a burning White House and what appears to be President Donald Trump's skeleton. –  CP

Shakey Graves finds enigmatic new depths underneath his stage moniker

“I never billed myself as a one-man-band and Shakey Graves is just when I play music, just when I'm helming something, but maybe it does sound more like me."  –  Roger Levesque, Calgary Herald

L.A. Phil's new YOLA Center: Why a youth concert hall in Inglewood has global implications

Designed by Frank Gehry, the building is the first dedicated facility for Youth Orchestra Los Angeles. –   Mark Swed, LA Times

Shortstack Records' Instagram is an accidental guerrilla marketplace

The 380-square-foot record shop in the Black Market has developed an intense online following of Toronto record collectors. –  Josh Edgar, NOW

The Lock Tavern in Camden is closing

One of London’s finest and funnest venues will be closing its doors very soon. The Lock Tavern in Camden, one of London’s original DJ bars and a mainstay of the city’s live music scene, has been sold for a rumoured multi-million-pound sum.  –  Amy Smith, Time Out


Lady Gaga attends the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards at Barker Hangar on Feb. 27, 2022 in Santa Monica, California.
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Lady Gaga attends the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards at Barker Hangar on Feb. 27, 2022 in Santa Monica, California.

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Lady Gaga Will Be Performing at the 2024 Paris Olympics Opening Ceremony

The ceremony takes place on July 26.

Lady Gaga is taking over the Olympic stage.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer is set to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games this Friday (July 26). Other rumored artists speculated to perform include Celine Dion, Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande and French singer Aya Nakamura, though none have been confirmed.

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