Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 9, 2023

By Kerry Doole

Side Door’s touring program supports artists financially en route to festivals in 2023

How artists and hosts can utilize Side Door’s live music booking platform and more on their efforts to support underrepresented voices this festival season. – Digital Music News

Boi-1da reflects on his career — from being a Toronto Eminem fan to a Grammy-nominated producer

Boi-1da has produced for music superstars, including a long association with Drake. On Sunday, he’s up for Non-Classical Producer of the Year for the second time. – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star

The nuanced music series New World Beat is well worth watching, if you can find it

The good news is that a top-notch docuseries will spotlight a number of talented underground musicians in Toronto. The bad news is that after the six-part New World Beat airs this month and next, those musicians will in all likelihood remain underground. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail


Music to love on Valentine’s weekend

Sunday, Feb. 12 has not one, not two, but three concerts which take place more or less simultaneously, Leonard Turnevicius writes. – Hamilton Spectator

Juno Awards 2023: A guide to the jazz nominees

Caity Gyorgy, Ernesto Cervini, Luis Deniz and the Ostara Project are among the Canadian jazz musicians nominated for Juno Awards this year. The list of nominees for the Juno Awards also includes Renee Rosnes, Diana Panton, Lauren Falls, Rafael Zaldivar, Mark Kelso & the Jazz Exiles, the Carn Davidson 9, the Florian Hoefner Trio and BADBADNOTGOOD. – Adam Feibel, JazzFM

Ahead of Salome performance, soprano Ambur Braid opens up on sex, scandal and power

Royalty and opera both live in spaces of extreme stakes, and that’s precisely where Canadian soprano Ambur Braid prefers to spend her time. “Extreme people are much easier to unpack,” says the B.C. native, who has portrayed opera royalty from Mozart’s Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute to Sabina Augusta in Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian. – Jenna Simeonov, Globe and Mail

With Queen of Me, Shania Twain wants you to wake up feeling like a rock star

The pop-country icon talks about her ‘new’ voice and a belated Nashville acceptance. – Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail 

Cory Weeds’ Jazz @ the Bolt puts musical discovery centre stage

Cory Weeds can pinpoint a defining moment when he felt really excited about being at a jazz event. It was seeing pianist Renee Rosnes play, sometime in the mid-’90s, at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. – Yasmine Shemesh, Georgia Straight


Hope can sound like a wily guitar on a July Talk record

Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis offer their truths on Remember Never Before. – Karen Tran,  NEXT

A look at some of the key categories at this year’s Juno Awards

We check out the Juno Awards nominees in some of the most prestigious categories. – CP

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti make a triumphant Toronto return after 109-year absence

Wednesday night’s program, featuring symphonies by Beethoven and Prokofiev, showcased the orchestra’s formidable artistry and technical prowess. – Joshua Chong, Toronto Star

It’s a long sad farewell to 20th-century rock heroes and the vanishing world they represent

Willie Nelson is going to die. So will Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Dolly Parton. If the last few winter weeks have taught us anything, it is that a generation of music icons are not for long. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

Canadian rap legend Maestro Fresh Wes talks his new cooking show, ‘Maestro Chef Wes’

Maestro Fresh Wes, 54, left his hometown of Toronto for Saint John, NB, in 2020 and now hosts his own cooking show on the east coast, aptly titled 'Maestro Chef Wes.' – Karen  Bliss, Everything Zoomer

National Gallery of Canada’s show must go on – minus senior curators (for now)

The National Gallery of Canada is attempting to 'decolonize' and has seen an exodus of staff as it restructures. – Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail

Edmonton artist hundredmillionthousand makes music from the most intimate moments

Electronic composer took people’s stories of online dating and created a new EP.  – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Queen East Toronto record shop seeks last-minute support to keep from closing

After 25 years in business, a Queen East vintage record shop is closing its doors…maybe. Melissa Duggan on the owner’s last-minute push to keep his beloved store open. – City News


Northern Ont. woman turns heads at Grammy Awards

A 78-year-old Harry Styles superfan from Sudbury, Ont, has become internet famous after announcing the 2023 Grammy Award for Album of the Year on Sunday night. – CTV

Industry pioneer David ‘Click’ Cox’s own journey inspires his commitment to diversifying Canada’s music business

For the past two decades, David ‘Click’ Cox has been a mainstay in the Canadian music industry, starting as an artist himself and moving through retail, marketing, A&R, and management – all along ensuring better representation for Black artists and music professionals. – Tabassum Siddiqui, CMRRA


Ticketmaster working to avoid Taylor Swift repeat with Beyoncé tickets

Ticketmaster is preparing to sell tickets for Beyoncé’s first tour in six years in a different way, hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s Taylor Swift debacle. – Reuters


Beyonce announces Renaissance world tour with stops in Toronto, Vancouver

Beyoncé is taking her Renaissance global – the superstar will start a world tour in Sweden in May with stops throughout Europe and North America. The highly anticipated tour announcement she made on Instagram and her website Wednesday came days before the Grammy Awards. – AP

YouTube fraudster accepts plea deal for $23M royalty scam

Jose Teran and his partner falsely claimed to own or control "over 50,000 songs," including some recorded by Daddy Yankee, Julio Iglesias, Anuel AA, Prince Royce and Don Omar. – Kristin Robinson, Billboard

Road to madness: The dangers of touring and how musicians cope

The psychological pressure of performing leaves many musicians feeling sick and unhinged. – James Reich, SPIN

TikTok attempts to prove it doesn't need major label music

A major story is brewing in Australia that could have far-reaching implications for the global music industry’s relationship with video giant TikTok. The company has removed major record label  music from its service for a subset of users in Oz. Our sources suggest TikTok is aiming to use the results of the experiment in their next round of record company licensing negotiations. – Murray Stassen, MBW

How Max Martin's songwriting techniques are used to write hit after hit 

Martin is the songwriter with the third-most US No.1 hits behind Beatles legends Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26). Max Martin’s use of various songwriting techniques, from creating melodic previews of hooks to building infectious climaxes, form an overarching approach to writing songs known in the songwriting community as ‘Melodic Math’. – MBW

Grammys 2023: The best and worst moments from this year’s awards

At the 65th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, first lady Jill Biden presented an award and rapper Jay-Z performed. The two have something in common: they’re both married to one of the most powerful people in America. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

In The Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc interview: Marketing generalist Jordy Freed

Jordy Freed is a lauded music industry player of marketing, business development, and communications, New York-based Freed (Sony Corporation of America) creates cultural connections for one of the world’s leading audio/video entities. – Larry LeBlanc, Celebrity Access


TV tonight: relive Fatboy Slim’s infamous Brighton rave that made music history

John Sim and Carl Cox were just some of the famous attendees. Norman Cook (AKA Fatboy Slim) leads this documentary about what happened when quarter of a million people descended on Brighton beach for his show in 2002.– The Guardian

David Bowie producer Tony Visconti rejects Harry Styles comparisons

"From what I saw tonight he’s not worthy of shining his shoes." – CoS

Harry Styles says Grammys win doesn’t happen to ‘people like me.’ Why it’s sparking backlash

The “As It Was” singer accepted the awards for best pop vocal performance and Album of the Year on Sunday night, thanking his fellow nominees including Beyoncé, Adele, Lizzo and Brandi Carlile. – Today

John Lydon loses out on Eurovision selection as Wild Youth chosen to represent Ireland

Former Sex Pistol came fourth in vote to select country’s entry to the song contest.  – The Guardian

David Bridie: Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads is the most perfect song of all time

The first single off the US band’s 1980 album Remain in Light inspired a musical awakening in the My Friend the Chocolate Cake singer. – The Guardian

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The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into three categories. Top Downloads and Top Canadian Downloads represent the most copied tracks in the week ending June 7. Most Active Indies blends downloads and streams, with the affiliated label and radio promotions company in parentheses.

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