Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 10, 2020

Nick Blagona's Hamilton connection, Matador (pictured) plans are revealed, and US streams hit a trillion. Also in the headlines are Grimes, Jacob Hoggard, Justin Bieber, Calgary concerts, Merlin, Todd Walker, John Densmore, David Bowie, Taylor Swift, and Rascal Flatts.

Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 10, 2020

By Kerry Doole

Internationally respected recording engineer Nick Blagona had a soft spot for Hamilton

 In his final years, the world-renowned sound engineer chose to work with local musicians at his Caledonia-based Psychotropic Studios, as well as Hamilton's Grant Avenue and Halo studios.  — Graham Rockingham, The Hamilton Spectator

Developer plans six-storey residence for historic Matador ballroom site, but they’re keeping the marquee

Music may yet still have a place within the proposed residential redevelopment plans for the site housing Little Italy’s historical Matador ballroom, which once played host to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Stompin’ Tom Connors and Blue Rodeo. — Jason Miller, The Toronto Star

Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard to face trial in 2021

Jacob Hoggard, the frontman for the Canadian rock band Hedley, is scheduled to stand trial on three sex-related charges next year. The trial is set to begin in a downtown Toronto courthouse on Jan. 4, 2021, more than two years after the singer was arrested in connection with alleged incidents involving a woman and a teenager. — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press


Rewinding 2019 | The Top Videos

Feast your eyes (& ears) on the outstanding clips that premiered here this year. — Darryl Sterdan, Tinnitist

Justin Bieber announces Lyme disease diagnosis and recent chronic mononucleosis

The pop superstar from Stratford, Ont., says on his Instagram account that while some people have been criticizing his looks and accused him of being on drugs, they “failed to realize” he was recently diagnosed with the chronic illness. — The Canadian Press

Newt's Guitar-star Roundup: when and where to hear wicked pickers in Vancouver, January 2020 edition

Hey Vancouver guitar freaks! Anybody want to know when and where in town the world’s top guitarists will be showing their stuff this year? Our list features Billy Gibbons, Colin James, Marc Ribot, Tommy Emmanuel, Bonnie Raitt and more. — Steve Newton, The Georgia Straight

From country to opera and everything between: Here's what's coming in 2020

Prepared to be entertained in 2020, Calgary. The coming calendar has something for everyone: country and standup stars, dramas and comedies, operas and ballets. Here is what to look forward to in 2020. — Jon Roe, The Calgary Herald

Canadian musician Grimes reportedly pregnant with first child

The Oblivion singer, born Claire Elise Boucher, tested Instagram censors on Wednesday by posting a topless photo of herself displaying her growing belly, which was depicted as translucent, showing the image of a fetus in her stomach. — WENN



Merlin names Facebook music exec Jeremy Sirota as CEO

The global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector has appointed Jeremy Sirota as the organization’s new CEO. He joins Merlin from Facebook’s Music Team. — Murray Stassen, MBW

Todd Walker exits Paradigm to launch Outer/Most, a new independent talent agency

The veteran talent agent has left his position at Paradigm to launch Outer/Most, a new indie talent agency. Walker, who is based in Boston, will serve as CEO of the new venture as well as continuing to represent clients including Anoushka Shankar, Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, and Christian McBride. — Celebrity Access

US streams topped a trillion last year, but is there a superstar recession looming?

The stats for the US market in 2019 are in – and, in usual circumstances, the simple headline would be this: consumers in the United States pressed play on music streaming services (across video and audio) more than a trillion times last year. Other factors are in play though. — Tim Ingham, MBW

Doors drummer John Densmore: "it took me years to forgive Jim Morrison"

When he was at the centre of the US counterculture, Densmore lived in terror of his bandmate. Yet after the singer’s death, he fought ferociously to protect his legacy. But, he says, he still regrets not calling out Morrison on his abusive relationships with women. — Jenny Stevens, The Guardian


Touring is hard, and band therapists are here to help

These mental health professionals know what it feels like when the van breaks down, when the booker shorts the fee, or when your drummer is just being a dick. — Luke Winkie,Noisey

Iman pays tribute to husband David Bowie on late singer's birthday

The model, 64, shared a black and white photograph on Twitter of the star, captioned simply: “January 8th #BowieForever #EternalLove.” — The Evening Standard

Taylor Swift to be honored at 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards

Swift will receive the Vanguard Award, for allies who have made an impact in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ individuals. She joins previous honorees Beyonce and JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Cher, Demi Lovato and more. — Rania Aniftos, Billboard


10 Country Artists to watch in 2020

Here, we’ve selected 10 promising acts—both men and women—who have albums on the way or new music in the works in 2020. They all have a little bit of “truth” to share. The list features two Canadians. — Ellen Johnson, Paste

St. Vincent, Foo Fighters, more to play Prince tribute concert after 2020 Grammys

Mavis Staples, Usher, Beck, Chris Martin, and more will also perform with Sheila E.’s band. — Pitchfork

From Selena Gomez to Grimes, Green Day and the Dixie Chicks, 13 artists with 2020 albums we can’t wait to hear

With 2019 finally behind us — along with its glut of year (and decade) end lists of the best in music — it’s time, at last, to turn our attention to the sounds in store for 2020.  — Mikael Wood, TheLA Times

Rascal Flatts announces farewell tour

 Hit country act Rascal Flatts has announced it will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a tour that will also serve as a farewell for the band. —  Celebrity Access

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Japan’s MILLENNIUM PARADE Coming to Toronto on 2024 Global Tour: See the Schedule

The band, led by Daiki Tsuneta of King Gnu, will kick off the trek on Nov. 2 in Mexico City.

MILLENNIUM PARADE is set to launch its first-ever global tour called the WHO AND HOW TOUR 2024 in November, traveling to nine cities around the world for 10 shows.

The band, led by Daiki Tsuneta of King Gnu, will kick off the trek in Mexico City, then hit Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Berlin, Paris, London, Utrecht, and Tokyo. The Tokyo shows will take place at Tokyo Garden Theater on Dec. 19 and 20. The tour will mark the first time in three years that the band performs live.

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