Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 10, 2018

A new documentary explores the fascinating history of Berlin's Hansa Studios. Those also in the headlines include Joan Baez, Bono, Toscanini, Yoko Ono, The Killers, Jimmy Iovine, Lana Del Rey, Lenny Breau, George Michael, and Pat DiNizio.

Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 10, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Hansa Studios: By The Wall 1976-90, Sky Arts — strange nostalgia

The documentary provides a peek into the legendary music studio by the Berlin Wall. Bowie, Iggy and Nick Cave's The Birthday Party all recorded there  –  FT 

Joan Baez talks 'new way of expressing myself' on her first album in a decade

The singer also discusses retiring from the road, and the "pretty fucking gloomy" outlook that inspired her new album 'Whistle Down the Wind' –  Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone

Sure, we streamed a lot in 2017, but we didn't own our music

At the risk of getting all 'wake up sheeple!!' I wonder what this new growth for the business means for us, the music lovers –  Tshepo Mokoena, Noisey

Lithuanian company linked to Bono fined after Paradise Papers revelations

The company agrees to pay €53,000 in back taxes following investigation, as U2 frontman ends his minority investment –  Hilary Osborne, The Guardian


New biography on Toscanini should win music book of the year

Harvey Sachs’ latest book, Toscanini Musician of Conscience, is the definitive biography of a legendary figure in the music world –  William Littler, Toronto Star

Killers concert was hot but left fans out in the cold

Montreal fans shut out in the cold before being able to enter Place Bell –  T'Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette

Yoko Ono to be reinterpreted by three Toronto musicians

The Element Choir, Mamalia and Lillian Allen take the artist at her word and will push their voices to the limit at the Gardiner Museum at a Feb. 23 show –  NOW

Lana Del Rey says Radiohead suing over song's similarity to Creep

The singer-songwriter tweeted ‘it’s true about the lawsuit’, saying Radiohead are asking for 100% of the publishing royalties to her track Get Free –  Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian

Interview: Jimmy Iovine on 'The Defiant Ones,' future of streaming, and why he is never satisfied

The record industry titan discusses his acclaimed film and many other topics  –  Shawn Setaro,

The working relationship of Lenny Breau and Ron Halldorson

The Canadian guitar virtuoso and the bassist made musical magic together –   Marc Myers, JazzWax

Row over George Michael’s garden shrine puts future of site in jeopardy

Residents object to mess, but there are no settled plans for an alternative memorial to the singer –  Vanessa Thorpe, The Observer

Guest stars announced for Pat DiNizio Smithereens tribute at the Basie Theatre in New Jersey

An illustrious list includes Stevie Van Zandt, Patty Smyth, Ted Leo and Marshall Crenshaw – Chris Jordan,

Karan Aujla
Photography team: Ishmil Waterman, Lane Dorsey, Sasha Jairam/Billboard Canada. Styling by Veronika Lipatova, Nikita Jaisinghani, Aliecia Brisette. Makeup & Hair by Franceline Graham.

Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Canadian-Punjabi Artists Ikky & Karan Aujla Make YouTube’s Top 10 Most-Watched Videos of 2023

The two artists, who were part of Billboard Canada's Punjabi Wave cover, sit amongst the top artists in the world on YouTube's list.

Ikky and Karan Aujla continue to take their place alongside the biggest artists in the world. After making the highest-charting Punjabi album debut in Canadian history this year, the two Punjabi-Canadian artists are now among Canada’s top most-watched music videos of 2023 on YouTube.

Two of Ikky and Aujla’s collaborations made the top 10 list, with “52 Bars” at No. 3 and “Take It Easy” at No. 8, both from their Four You EP.

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