Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 14, 2018

Robert Plant has no interest in living in the past, and a look at why so many rock stars are retiring. Those also in the headlines today include Greta Gerwig, Keys N Krates, Chevy Chase, Mary Timony, Folkways, used vinyl, and Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 14, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Robert Plant has a sensational new band, so why would he get Led Zeppelin back together?

At 69, the one-time rock howler has no interest in living in the past: ‘I want to be able to do stuff I won’t tire from’  –  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Lady Bird, Dave Matthews Band and the films that give corny songs new life

Greta Gerwig’s penchant for 90s soft rock got OUR writers thinking about other cheesy numbers revived in cinema, from Sweet Caroline to Rhythm of the Night  –  The Guardian

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Why rock stars are suddenly retiring

From Elton John to Paul Simon and Neil Diamond, a generation of elders searches for a new way to say goodbye –  Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone

Keys N Krates are warmer and more soulful than their contemporaries on Cura

On their debut album, the Toronto trio channel retro influences into a modern and cohesive mix of hip-hop and electronic production  – Max Mertens, NOW


Chevy Chase digs Bill Evans

The comedy legend reminisces about his friendship with the jazz great  –  Jazz Times

The singing professor uses music to educate gold miners about mercury

UBC prof Marcello Veiga heads to Colombia where he will be singing to about 600 miners in 11 states about the dangers of using highly toxic mercury in extracting gold –   Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun

Mary Timony had to relearn her Helium songs to play them on tour

As the indie and grunge rockers of the 1980s and ’90s approach late middle age, hatchet-buryings and band reunions are becoming almost an everyday occurrence. But what happens when aging songwriters revisit their younger selves? –  Alex Varty, Georgia Straight

Three women explore riches of the Folkways song archive

Rachel Eddy, Rachel Ries, and Edmontonian Dana Wylie bring folk favourites to life  –  Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Jóhann Jóhannsson: the late Icelandic composer who made loss sublime

Best known for his film scores, Jóhannsson’s earlier electronic and classical work confronted existential horror –  Joe Muggs, The Guardian

Disappearing act: As the vinyl industry resurges, used records are vanishing under the weight of new reprints

Nielsen, or any sales tracker for that matter, has no reports of the secondhand record sales taking place, but anecdotal evidence suggests it is on the decline –  Imad Pasha,


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Chart Beat

These Were the Most Popular Songs and Artists on TikTok in Canada in 2023

Sped up PARTYNEXTDOOR, the resurgence of a decade-old Justin Bieber song and the rise of Tate McRae headline the year in music on TikTok.

Every year, as Billboard does with the charts, TikTok takes a look back at the songs and creators that made a mark on the year. At times, there's significant overlap with the charts. After all, TikTok is a big driver of success in music nowadays, and labels and industry players are paying attention. At other times, especially if you don't spend a lot of time scrolling through your For You Page, it feels like an alternate dimension.

The most popular TikTok song in Canada this year belonged to PARTYNEXTDOOR – no doubt a major Canadian hip-hop and R&B artist. But the version of his song "Her Way" that tops their list is not the original one, but a sped-up version attached to a dance challenge.

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