Music Biz Headlines, Dec.10, 2018

Neon Dreams' Frank Kadillac (pictured) on the reality of karma, CBC Music's top 10 new Canadian artists, and Phil Shaw Bova's first Grammy nomination make headlines today. Also in the news are a Bach fest, Marie Davidson, tribute acts, Cassandra Maze, Earl Sweatshirt, Sony Music, artist managers, top Xmas songs, Buju Banton, Rapper 2 Milly, Ariana Grande, Pete Shelley, and Devo.

Music Biz Headlines, Dec.10, 2018

By Kerry Doole

'You help somebody, the universe will help you,' Neon Dreams singer says

Lead vocalist Frank Kadillac performed on Metro Morning's Sounds of the Season broadcast and spoke of karma. –  CBC News

Montreal’s Bach fest full of fresh discoveries

The Montreal Bach festival closed last night with a remarkable event unparalleled in Toronto, a presentation of all six of Bach’s Suites for solo cello, performed without intermission by perhaps the greatest cellist of our day, Yo-Yo Ma. – William Littler, Toronto Star

10 new Canadian artists who ruled 2018

This year, Canada produced some incredible new talent, from a rising francophone star to this year's Polaris Music Prize winner. – CBC Music

Advance Base touts creature comfort with Animal Companionship

For a man who’s made one of the best records of 2018, Owen Ashworth isn’t, strangely, one to suggest that he’s doing anything particularly new on Advance Base’s new album. – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight


Marie Davidson: "It’s good for people to have that 5 am experience"

The prolific Montreal techno artist discusses the cultural importance of dancing till dawn and why work is an insidious addiction. – Kevin Ritchie, NOW

Almost Almost Famous: Tribute act doc probes what it means to be someone else

What leads some musical performers to produce original stuff while others emerge as interpreters or, if they go really deep, as tribute artists pushing a fully inhabited experience? – Kim Hughes, Original Cin

10 best Canadian francophone albums of 2018

2018 will be remembered as a year that debut francophone albums sent a shockwave through the country's pop music. It was not, however, the year that French-language artists broke through to English markets overall. –  Jean-Etienne Sheehy, CBC Music

On Our Radar: Cassandra Maze serves up something five times more powerful than a triple espresso with "Boom"

In case it's not obvious right from the opening moments of "Boom", Cassandra Maze certainly doesn't seem to lack for confidence, charisma, or a general enthusiasm for life. – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Ottawa sound engineer 'completely honoured' by Grammy nomination

Phil Shaw Bova's first nomination is for his work on the latest Bahamas album. – Mario Carlucci, CBC News 

Review: Earl Sweatshirt's Some Rap Songs demands heavy replay to figure out

The album could be a blueprint for the future sound of hip-hop, but for now, it’s unlikely the avant-garde lyricism will dominate RapCaviar anytime soon.  – Claudia McNeilly, NOW



Sony's secret sessions: Inside the songwriting summits making hits for Sony Music Latin's roster

The executives started the sessions in 2015, hoping to create big, impactful hits, particularly for their female artists, as the music industry rebounded. – Leila Cobo, Billboard

Why artist managers are getting into the label game

As streaming's healthy growth pumps money into the recorded-music business, Udell is one of an array of artist managers launching their own independent record companies or joint ventures and, in some cases, moving away from traditional management deals altogether. – Jewel Wicker, Billboard

A ranking of 100 — yes, 100 — Christmas songs

If you are on the Internet long enough, there comes a year when you will be forced to rank something. Now it is my time. – Alexandra Petri, Washington Post

'Man is a king': controversial star Buju Banton comes home to Jamaica

Having served seven years in a US prison on drugs charges, Banton is returning to a hero’s welcome – though to many he’s still notorious for a song inciting the murder of gay people. – Erin MacLeod and Kate Chappell, The Guardian

Rapper 2 Milly claims ’Fortnite’ makers stole his dance moves

The Brooklyn-based rapper, whose real name is Terrence Ferguson, alleges that North Carolina-based “Fortnite”-maker Epic Games misappropriated his moves without compensation or credit in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles. –  AP

Ariana Grande suggests she might drop new album during 2019 tour

The pop star admits she’s tired of having to pre-promote everything she releases and would like to follow Beyonce and Drake’s leads and surprise fans with new material.  – WENN


‘The British music industry needs to update’: Paloma Faith, Nao, Sleaford Mods and others on 2018’s music controversies

Artists including Kojey Radical, Let’s Eat Grandma and Róisín Murphy discuss the year’s biggest stories, from Childish Gambino’s This Is America to the rise of K-pop and Jessie J’s success in China. – Alexis Petridis, The Guardian

Pete Shelley: the smart, sardonic punk bard of unrequited romance

Packed with hooks and waspishly funny lines, the Buzzcocks frontman effortlessly created singles which became part of the musical landscape.  – Alexis Petridis, The Guardian

We are drowning in a Devolved world: An open letter from Devo

Following the band's Rock Hall nomination, founder Gerald Casale reflects on its dystopian legacy in the age of Trump. – Noisey

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys perform onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 13, 2009 in New York City.
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Jay-Z and Alicia Keys perform onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 13, 2009 in New York City.


Alicia Keys and Jay-Z to Perform ‘Empire State of Mind’ on 2024 Tony Awards

The song always packs a special jolt of excitement when performed in New York City.

It was too perfect an opportunity to pass up: Alicia Keys and Jay-Z will perform “Empire State of Mind” during the 77th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 16. The show is set to air live on both coasts from the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/5:00-8:00 p.m. live PT) on CBS, and to stream on Paramount+ in the U.S.

“Empire State of Mind” is featured in Hell’s Kitchen, the musical based on Keys’ early life and music which is nominated for 13 Tony Awards. That put it in a tie with the play Stereophonic as this year’s most-nominated production.

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