Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 11, 2019

David Foster (pictured) reflects on career changes, a rare interview with Jackie Shane, and Drake Underground is back in business. Also in the headlines are Joe Strutt, Broncho, Ariana Grande, Elizabeth Shepherd, Rolling Stones, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Bryan Ferry, Huey Lewis, Giorgio Moroder, and EMI.

Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 11, 2019

By Kerry Doole

Jackie Shane in her own words: A rare interview with a living legend

Soul singer Jackie Shane built a loyal audience on Toronto's Yonge Street strip in the '60s. In 1971, she disappeared from the public eye, but now she's agreed to speak with CBC's Elaine Banks. – CBC

Drake Underground reopens to a Toronto live-music scene in flux

When a flash flood overwhelmed the drainage system of Toronto’s Drake Hotel last August, the Drake Underground was under four feet of water within four minutes. It is now back up and running. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

Local Hero: Joe Strutt fosters Toronto's music community while recording it

Ahead of his archive/blog Mechanical Forest Sound's 10th anniversary, Strutt talks about the importance of documentation and the joys of improvised music. – Michael Rancic, NOW


David Foster doesn’t write top 40 hits these days and he’s OK with that

As someone who, in popular-music terms, definitely qualifies as a bit of an “old dog,” David Foster has been remarkably adept at teaching himself new tricks over a career that dates back to playing backup for Ronnie Hawkins and Chuck Berry as a teenager during the mid-1960s. – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Review: Ariana Grande takes control of her narrative on Thank U, Next

Writing with vulnerability and introspection, Grande mines her public heartache and shows she has nothing to hide. – Michelle Da Silva, NOW

Pineo & Loeb take it higher

Halifax’s electronic party-starting duo are back in action with Elevation, an album full of classic covers. – Ava Coulter, The Coast

Broncho braves bad times with sunnier sounds on Bad Behavior

For all the goodness that still exists in the world, it’s the shitty people who seem to grab all the headlines these days. This reality is not lost on the members of Oklahoma-based Broncho. – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Elizabeth Shepherd leads a multidimensional musical tour of MONtréal

The singer/songwriter's new project is a call to take note of whose stories we hear the most and whose we don't – a lesson that stretches beyond Montreal. – CV Grier, NOW

Mysterious Rolling Stones statues in Toronto are sparking concert rumours

The Rolling Stones have already mapped out dates in the U.S. for their upcoming tour, but the sudden appearance of the band's iconic logo in Toronto have fans wondering if a Canadian show could be added to the itinerary. – Calum Slingerland, Exclaim!


Second annual Driven Bow fiddle festival heats up Kits for four days

The lineup included star fiddlers and other instrumentalists, including Daniel Lapp, Ashley MacIsaac, and Quinn Bachand. – Tony Montague Georgia Straight


The new scabs: Stars who cross the picket line

“The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude,” wrote George Orwell in 1946, and it still stands. – Soraya Roberts, Longreads 

They really don't make music like they used to

If the Eagles or Marvin Gaye fan in your life is complaining about this year’s Grammy songs, this might be why. –  Greg Milner, NY Times

Jazz Fest to mark 50th anniversary with an extra day

Music lovers will get an extra day this year at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as a way to honor the festival’s 50th anniversary. The new day will be Thursday April 25.  – Ramona Pittman, Nitro Buzz Media

Thank u, next! Why pop stars fell out of love with albums

Chart-toppers used to focus on long-players. Now, in the streaming era, they can release tracks whenever they like – and many, including Ariana Grande, have decided to do just that. –  MichaelCragg, The Guardian

Bryan Ferry explains how John Lennon’s Jealous Guy because a Roxy Music classic

One of Roxy Music’s biggest hits was their cover of John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’. The song became so big for Roxy Music that some fans think it is a Roxy Music song. – Paul Cashmere, Noise 11


Huey Lewis battles through a hearing loss nightmare

If the veteran rock star can’t hear his fingernails on the sheet, that’s bad news. One year ago, he suddenly began suffering from hearing loss. Now it comes and goes, mostly goes, randomly, a mystery with no last page. – Scott Ostler, SF Chronicle

Giorgio Moroder: "I don't even like dancing"

At 78, on the eve of his first ever live tour, inspired by his hits with Donna Summer, the dance music super-producer talks about his 50-year career, the glory of digital recording – and Ed Sheeran. – The Guardian

The Final Days of EMI: Selling the Pig by Eamonn Forde – review

A lively, unsparing account of Terra Firma’s takeover of EMI and the music giant’s subsequent collapse tells us much about modern-day Britain. – Damien Morris,


Linkin Park Debuts at No. 1 on Rock & Alternative Airplay Chart With ‘Friendly Fire’
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Linkin Park Debuts at No. 1 on Rock & Alternative Airplay Chart With ‘Friendly Fire’

It's the band's third leading entrance.

The fifth No. 1 debut in the history of Billboard’s Rock & Alternative Airplay chart belongs to Linkin Park, whose “Friendly Fire” premieres atop the March 9-dated tally.

“Friendly Fire” bows with 7.9 million radio audience impressions earned Feb. 23-29, according to Luminate.

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