Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 8, 2020

Coachella (pictured) grabs plenty of attention, Nirvana reunites in LA, and 2019's top francophone albums. Also in the headlines are Audrey Ochoa, David Francey, Queen, Concord, David Byrne, Randy Newman, Kylie Minogue, The Police, A. R. Rahman, and streaming services.

Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 8, 2020

By FYI Staff

10 best Canadian francophone albums of 2019

From Sub Pop debuts to sold-out concerts at the Bell Centre and Polaris Prize nods to ambitious double LPs, the Canadian French music community's classe de 2019 is as creatively bold as it is artistically and commercially successful. — Jean-Étienne Sheehy, CBC News

Evolving sound: A look at the last 10 years of Saskatoon's music scene

A decade makes a lot of difference when it comes to the music industry, from performers to venue owners to publicists to fans. — Matt Olson, Star Phoenix

Is Toronto actually a music city?

Hundreds of artists who move to Toronto to chase the musical dream are having to move away because it’s so hard to make a living there. —  Lindsay Dunn,  680 News


Folk singer takes his album on a belated tour

Juno winner David Francey hits the road after a two-year hiatus due to losing his voice. — Josef Jacobson, Nanaimo Bulletin

5 things to know about Frankenhorn by Audrey Ochoa

Edmonton trombonist Audrey Ochoa's new album is playful and progressive. — Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun

What's in your fridge: Charlie Kerr

We ask interesting Vancouverites about their life-changing concerts, favourite albums, and, most importantly, what’s sitting in their refrigerators. Today we have the leader of Hotel Mira. — Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Dystopian sci-fi meets the music of Queen in We Will Rock You

New Canadian production of We Will Rock You features a cast of 16 and a five-piece band. — Shawn Conner, Vancouver Sun


Concord buys majority stake in pop publisher Pulse

Concord has established itself as a global music business power player in these past few years.  – not least via aggressive acquisitions. t has Concord Music Publishing has now acquired Fujipacific Music’s stake in Los Angeles-based Pulse Music Group, for $100M. — Tim Ingham, MBW

2010s-What Happened

The popular pundit looks at the death of physical, the triumph of streaming, and much more. — Bob Lefsetz, Celebrity Access 

With 2020 headliners, Coachella wants you off your phones and in the pit

Coachella is getting back into the you-have-to-be-here business. what links the three biggest acts this year  (beyond their gender) is the promise of an experience best had in person, not via the popular YouTube livestream that’s helped turn Coachella into a global brand. — Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times


YouTube plans Coachella 20th anniversary documentary

The streamer is also returning to the desert music festival as the exclusive live-stream partner. — Natalie Jarvey THR

Randy Newman is still “definitely a dissident”

The Marriage Story composer talks about his honor from the New York Film Critics Circle, the habit that drives him to despair, and our “nuts” president. — Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair

David Byrne talks Broadway, U.S. citizenship on CBS Sunday Morning

Alongside footage from his American Utopia Broadway show, Byrne reflects on his life, from an “outsider” childhood—he immigrated from Scotland aged 8—to the “high-pressure” early years helming Talking Heads. — Pitchfork

20 for 2020: unmissable culture and rising stars

Lana Del Rey performs her acclaimed new album, Nick Cave and Elton John to tour, and more. — The Observer

Kylie Minogue donates AUS$500K to Australia’s fire efforts

The Oz star, her sister Dannii and other members of the Minogue family have banded together to help those fighting the bushfires in their native Australia. — MusicNews

Stewart Copeland: conflicts over music caused rifts with Sting

When we don’t play music together we get on famously, the Police drummer reveals. —  Guardian 

Sour notes for Macron from striking Paris Opera musicians

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a compromise between his government and unions over plans to change the pension system that have led to sustained strikes — including from Paris Opera musicians who staged a street concert in rebellion. — John Leicester, AP


From school dropout to famous musician: India's A. R. Rahman hits the high notes on the global stage

A. R. Rahman lost his music composer father when he was just 9, forcing his family to rent his music equipment to survive and introducing Rahman to the word “responsibility”. He started off his career as a small-time keyboard player but has since won major international awards. — Nivedita Sharma Sputnk

Nirvana reunion: Dave Grohl's 13-year-old daughter steals the show

Violet Grohl performed Heart-Shaped Box with the surviving members of Nirvana and guest performers St Vincent and Beck at an LA charity gala.  — 

A frustrated lifelong fan: country music must stop pigeon-holing itself | Opinion

The country music genre, post 9/11, was reduced to hyper-patriotism and disdain for dissent: Take the examples of Toby Keith versus the Dixie Chicks. Thankfully, this is now starting to change. —  Katherine Carraway, Tennessean


How to be an ageing rock star in the 21st century

Streaming revenue may be negligible for most artists — and rock ‘n’ roll may be second (or third?) fiddle on the streaming charts these days — but it’s far from dead. As a concert experience, it’s thriving. — Jim Sullivan, The ARTery

Music streaming services mishandle our data—and our culture is paying for it

The arbiters of music media and streaming services must find new ways to establish and expand their presence among music movements and cultures, especially within minority communities. — Mario J. Luceco, Quartz

10 careers in music, and what they pay

Salary information is from the 2016 Edition of Music Careers Dollars and Cents by the Career Development Center at Berklee College of Music. —  Hypebot



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