Music Biz Headlines, Dec. 11, 2017

In today's roundup, a pioneering digital currency scheme allows fans to purchase a piece of a song. Other topics include a rating of singing drummers, a chorister's Leonard Cohen adventure, Johnny Hallyday's mass funeral, and Neil Young's massive archives.

Music Biz Headlines, Dec. 11, 2017

By Kerry Doole

7 times music critics got things completely wrong

For many music fans, becoming a critic is a dream job. But there can be pitfalls. What if you write a terrible review of a record that ends up becoming a classic? Or you back a band to be the next big thing, only to find out that no one else likes them and they quit a year later? — Phil Hebblethwaite.

Canada stages its next invasion

Scruffy, indie-rock collectives from the past decade no longer represent Canadian cool. They have been replaced by the mellow flows of the DIY, Soundcloud generation — Carl Wilson, Globe and Mail

Want to buy a piece of a Drake song? Track’s rights sold via pioneering digital currency scheme

Vezt lets investors and fans purchase a share of future revenues from ‘Jodeci (Freestyle)’ and many more to come — Nick Krewen, Toronto Star


The 10 Best Singing Drummers in rock history

Is there anything harder than playing drums and singing lead at the same time? Here are the 10 musicians who have done it best in the past 50 years —  Lee Zimmerman, Paste

From synagogue to Bell Centre: a chorister's Leonard Cohen adventure

"I’ve sung in the Shaar Hashomayim Choir for 25 years. It’s a fun gig and great musical training, but it’s never been cool. Until two years ago, when a gust of fate lifted our choir into a recording studio for Leonard Cohen's final record "— Lorne Shapiro, Montreal Gazette

A million take to Paris streets for Johnny Hallyday's funeral

The French president makes an emotional address calling for ‘people’s tribute’, as singer’s body is driven through the capital on a final journey — Kim Willsher, The Guardian

Toronto’s newest fuzzy, buzzy rock band, Casper Skulls, is ready to bust out

The quartet’s new album shows off its rapid creative ferment — Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Veteran songwriter Tom Phillips says goodbye to 'champagne mornings' and greets a new day on Plastic Machine

On Drinking Days, the final song on his new record, the veteran Calgary songwriter seems to offer a bittersweet farewell to his wild years — Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald

Sting: ‘When I get angry I’m a Geordie. It’s very effective’

The former Police singer talks music, politics and his brush with the IRA —  Patrick Freyne, Irish Times

Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter is a rare conservative in the classical music world

Manny Laureano created a stir by walking offstage in protest at a Rufus Wainwright concert  — Terry Blain, Star-Tribune


Neil Young’s vast archive deal is backed by intriguing new technology

The Neil Young Archives are already a huge treat for fans, and behind it is a service that the beloved rocker hopes will bring the best audio to the masses at last  —   Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Music books for the holidays

Canadian authors Nicholas Jennings and Martin Popoff make the cut  — Jeff Miers, Buffalo News

Metz men began band to banish monotony

The Toronto band deviated from its established noise-punk template with Strange Peace, which was recorded by iconic producer Steve Albini — Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Roxy Music plan massive 45th anniversary reissue of debut LP

3CD/1DVD edition of 1972's 'Roxy Music' to feature early demos, studio outtakes, radio sessions, TV performances and more — Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

Canadian singer-drummer has a vintage plan to tap American blues scene

Now based in Austin, Lindsay Beaver is touring with a re-vamped The 24th Street Wailers — Roger Levesque,  Edmonton Journal

This Alabama rock star wants to remind you that Roy Moore is not normal

Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood explains why the alleged sexual predator Roy Moore does not speak for his state and needs to bow out now — Eric Kingrea, Vice

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra teams up with Jann Arden for Christmas cheer

Two seasonal shows at the Jack Singer Concert Hall this week are sold out —  Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald

SaskExpress delivers a musical that's full of Christmas cheer

All I Want For Christmas Is You is an original story relating the trials and celebrations of the holiday season — Gord Brock, Regina Leader-Post


The Beatles photographed in 1965.
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The Beatles photographed in 1965.

Music News

Music News Digest: The National Music Centre Celebrates The Beatles' First Trip to Canada

Also this week: Sappyfest announces its lineup, the winner of the Jim Beam National Talent Search is named, and news on a handful of programs for emerging musicians to develop and break into the music industry.

Awards news

During Canadian Music Week, The Jim Beam National Talent Search, presented by CMW, announced musician, dancer and actor Myles Erlick as its 2024 winner. The Burlington, Ontario, native opened the 23rd Anniversary INDIE Awards with a performance on June 6, at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto.

The other finalists of the National Talent Search were Bad Skin (Montreal), Jaimeson Rhy (Victoria), Katelyn Lehner (Saskatoon) and Megan Soo (Toronto). All received a paid trip to Canadian Music Week with access to conference and festival events plus the opportunity to perform in the CMW Jim Beam Showcase in Toronto. Other prizes received by the winner include a live performance Masterclass with Tom Jackson, a songwriting and recording session, coverage in CMW’s Making Noise series and prize packages from Long & McQuade and Canadian Music Spotlight.

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