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Music Biz Headlines: Burton Cummings, Allison Russell, SoundCloud & More

Plus: more on the Canada Black Music Archives, Calgary's High Performance Rodeo and other music stories in Canadian media.

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Burton Cummings

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Archive Shines a Much-Needed Spotlight on Black Canadian Music History

In our collective memory of Canadian music, what will be remembered? Will we remember people like composer Robert Nathaniel Dett? Will we remember places such as Montreal's Rockhead Paradise? The Canada Black Music Archives aim to help. - Sharine Taylor - Globe and Mail


Edgier and Eclectic: Something For Everyone in This Year's High Performance Rodeo

This festival of the arts, which runs from Jan. 15 through Feb. 4, will showcase 235 artists in 25 different shows running in 13 venues. - Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Herald

Ardyth Brott Receives The Order of Canada

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One of the new members of the Order of Canada is Hamilton music luminary Ardyth Brott. She joins her late husband, conductor and festival founder Boris Brott, in receiving the prestigious honour. - Kerry Doole, Hamilton City Magazine

2-year-old Son of David Foster Wows With Drumming Talents in Viral Video

The two-year-old son of famed Canadian producer David Foster and singer Katharine McPhee is lighting up the internet with his musical talents. - CP

Burton Cummings on Legacy of The Guess Who, Lawsuit Against Current Lineup, More

As the trademark voice of The Guess Who, keyboardist Cummings feels like he is fighting to keep the band’s legacy unscathed. - Patrick Prince, Goldmine

3 Inches of Blood Returns to Action Determined To Draw Up Its Own Battle Plans

When 3 Inches of Blood walked away from the battlefield in 2015, the members of the long-running Vancouver metal mainstay discovered that unplugging for good is harder than it might seem. And that’s made this month’s multi-night reunion doubly gratifying. - Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

.Musician Killed at Toronto Shelter Called 'Wildly Talented'

'Wildly talented' musician killed at Toronto homeless shelter is remembered as a creative 'force'. - Emily Fagan,Toronto Star

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How To Be Fearless: Grammy Nominee Allison Russell and Other Notable Canadians Share Their Secrets To Success

We asked headlining Canadians to reflect on their bold moments of 2023, and what helps keep them fearless. The consensus: It’s all about perspective - Globe and Mail

Neil Young: Before and After Review – With Age Comes Tenderness

Gentle melodies and minimal instrumentation grace this live album of mostly lesser-known songs from the seven decades of Young’s career. - Dave Simpson, The Guardian

International

SoundCloud Gears Up For Sale With Potential Price Tag of $1BN Plus

A report from Sky TV suggests the company will be up for sale later this year. - MBW

WMG's Robert Kyncl On His Plan For 2024

Warner Music Group CEO Robert Kyncl sent out an internal note to WMG’s global team on Jan. 8 outlining his plan for the company in 2024. He terms it "the year when we move at velocity to set ourselves up for a winning decade in the new world." - Murray Stassen, MBW

Hit-Boy Enters Grammys with Producer Nod While Helping Father Navigate Music Industry After Prison

When Hit-Boy walks the Grammy red carpet, he expects to proudly strut into the Feb. 4 awards ceremony with his father beside him for the first time. - Jonathan Landrum, AP

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‘This Wouldn't Have Happened 20 Years Ago’: How Women Began Dominating British Dance Music

Once reduced to nameless vocals or excluded altogether, women are now topping the charts with self-produced tracks. Kenya Grace, Piri, Venbee and Anz explain how they broke open the boys’ club. - Safi Bugel, The Guardian

Coachella 2024 Headliners Reportedly Include Lana Del Rey And Tyler, The Creator

This year’s Coachella lineup hasn’t yet announced its lineup, but industry tipsheet HITS Daily Double reports that two of the festival’s three headliners will be Lana Del Rey and Tyler, The Creator. Doja Cat is also being rumoured. - Stereogum

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For a Better Foreign Policy in 2024, Let's Be More Like Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince” song is a critique of America’s domestic politics, but it could well be our theme song on the world stage today too, as many at home and abroad talk of America’s decline. - Elizabeth Shackelford, Chicago Tribune

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Tanya Tagaq Plays a Pivotal Role in 'True Detective' Season Finale

The Inuk artist provides vocals for the HBO series' soundtrack, and her song "Submerged" scores a pivotal moment in the season finale, in which she appears as an actress.

The new season of True Detective wrapped up this weekend, and timed with the tense final episode, HBO also released the show's gripping soundtrack. Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq, one of the most celebrated contemporary musicians in Canada, contributed to seven songs on the soundtrack as well as making appearances in the show herself.

Subtitled Night Country, the fourth season of the HBO detective show takes place in the fictional town of Ennis, Alaska. It stars Jodie Foster and Kali Reis as Liz Danvers and Evangeline Navarro, two police officers trying to figure out how the recent bizarre deaths of six scientists are linked to the murder of Iñupiaq activist Annie Kowtok. Through its mystery framing, the show explores themes like colonial violence, environmental destruction, and missing and murdered Indigenous women.

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