Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 24, 2018

Neil Diamond leaves the tour road behind and a look into the chaos behind Exile On Main Street. Those also in the headlines today include Bob Dylan, A Tribe Called Red, Stanley Booth, Rigoletto, Justin Timberlake, female producers, and The Balconies.

Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 24, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Chaos in “Exile”: The Rolling Stones record their masterpiece

Drugs, hangers-on and petty feuds; the perils of recording in Keith Richards’ basement –  Bill Janovitz, Salon

Neil Diamond announces retirement from touring after receiving a Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis

The 77 year old has cancelled an Australasian tour but plans to keep writing and recording –  Jem Aswad, Variety

Remake, remodel: what makes musicians rerecord old albums?

The Shins and Car Seat Headrest are the latest bands to indulge in rerecording their earlier work. Is it money for old rope, or a chance at artistic liberation? –  Michael Hann, The Guardian

Where are all the female music producers?

An analysis of why no woman has ever been awarded the Grammy for producer of the year, non-classical -- and what female producers face behind the boards –  Melinda Newman, Billboard


Rigoletto revival graced with first-rate voices

The Canadian Opera Company's  production of the Verdi classic is let down by awkward staging however  – John Terauds, Toronto Star

Dylan's presumed 'Girl from the North Country' has died

Considered the muse for the Dylan classic, Echo Star Casey, nee Helstrom, was in her late 70s and had lived in California for years, though she stayed in touch with her Hibbing roots – Christa Lawler, Duluth Tribune

30 fascinating early bands of future music legends

From Billy Joel's heavy-metal duo to Madonna's post-punk act and Neil Young's Motown outfit, these are the primordial groups that rock forgot –  Rolling Stone

A Tribe Called Red has lost a member, but hasn't missed a step

In the first of three nights at the Danforth Music Hall, the Indigenous electronic duo put on a powerful and uplifting dance party –  Chaka V. Grier, NOW

Stanley Booth: The true adventures of a great rock journalist

Booth was one of the most eloquent music journalists to pioneer the field during the late 1960s. He profiled Elvis and called Eric Clapton a "boring asshole" –  Corbin Reiff, uproxx

Vancouver concerts of note this week

The eclectic list includes Queens of the Stone Age, Yung Lean, The Flesheaters, Jim Byrnes, MGB, and Passion Pit –  Steve Newton Georgia Straight

Soy Bomb, ODB, Aretha & the craziest Grammys ever

An oral history of the 1998 Grammys is full of fascinating incidents –  Andrew Unterberger, Billboard

Justin Timberlake’s listening party served up fresh records and grasshoppers

For his new album Man Of the Woods, the singer hosted two nature-inspired soirees –  Michele Laufik,


World travels inspire Albertan jazz saxophonist

“I like to try and tell a story in music, and I have an active imagination. Sometimes I was just reflecting on my time in these places and people I met there," says jazz saxophonist Keith O'Rourke – Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

The Balconies go out on a high note

The Toronto modern rock outfit calls it quits after a decade – Joshua Kloke, Globe and Mail

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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