Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 26, 2018

Figure skaters can now use music more freely, and Virtue and Moir honour Gord Downie. Others in the headlines include Charlotte Day Wilson, Camila Cabello, Dean Jarvis, Afro-futurism, Superchunk, The Breeders, Frigs, U.S. Girls, Kelly Clarkson, and Lisa Marie Presley.

Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 26, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Beyoncé on ice! How pop gave new life to figure skating

A rule change means competitors can now use music with lyrics – and from Christina to Coldplay, pop singers are allowing figure skaters to express themselves more freely than ever – Owen Myers, The Guardian

Charlotte Day Wilson wants to break up the boys' club

Poised for stardom, the Toronto soul auteur wants to help other young women achieve their own self-made success – Richard Trapunski, NOW

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir's Olympic gala tribute to Gord Downie was well worth the wait

The routine would be the last time Canadians and the world would get to see their beloved ice dance duo on the Olympic stage  – Ron Nurwisah, Huffington Post

Dean Jarvis, back home 

The music director for Alessia Cara and The Weeknd returns to Nova Scotia to receive the ANSMA Legacy award – Jayde Tynes, The Coast


Camila Cabello interview: the Havana singer is the biggest pop star in the world

Don’t know her face? You’ll certainly know her sound. Camila Cabello’s first album hit 1bn streams last week — but she’s much more than a pretty popette. Meet a real American dreamer  –Jonathan Dean, The Times

Afro-futurism is ushered into the mainstream

The success of Black Panther and artists like Janelle Monae are fuelling its thrust – Sonia Rao, Washington Post

Q&A: Superchunk's Mac McCaughan talks resisting the new normal

North Carolina indie-rock band Superchunk plays the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver on Feb. 28 – Shawn Conner, Vancouver Sun

How The Breeders finally learned to get along

There’s a reason the career-making lineup of the group didn’t talk for over a decade. But no one quite remembers what it is – Melena Ryzik, NY Times

Marin Patenaude aims to keep her music honest

The Vancouver roots artist will soon record her second solo album – Tony Montague, Georgia Straight

Frigs express the frustration of our times on Basic Behaviour

The Toronto band's impressive debut album is urgent and visceral, but a slow burn – Sarah MacDonald, NOW

Roots-rockers mine for catchy tunes and deeper messages

"I learned a while ago that connection precedes learning, and extending your vulnerability to the world leaves this wonderful environment for everyone to be heard," says Cory Woodward –  Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

US Girls: In a Poem Unlimited review – joyous pop meets protest music

Toronto-based Meghan Remy receives a rave review for her new album  Dave Simpson, The Guardian


Small Screen: Kelly Clarkson brings unique Voice to NBC series

Singing star sees herself as a coach, rather than a judge on The Voice –  Rick Bentley, Tribune News Service

Elvis Presley's daughter claims she has just $14,000 left from father's fortune

In court documents, Presley claims her former business manager sold 85 per cent of her interest in Elvis Presley Enterprises – The Telegraph

Keith Richards’ arrest led to Rolling Stones concert for the blind in Oshawa

The guitarist’s drug problems added to the usual buzz surrounding any Stones appearance but this time there was an additional bizarre element: Margaret Trudeau had arrived in a limousine with lead singer Mick Jagger for the first of two El Mocambo performances  – Valerie Hauch, Toronto Star

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