Music Biz Headlines, June 10, 2019

Tenille Arts and WOTE get anthemic, hip-hop and basketball are intertwined, and PUP returns to its roots. Also in the headlines are Don Brownrigg, Black Mountain, EWF, Billboard's new charts, streaming, Dr. John, Madonna, UTA, Paradigm, and Spotify .

Music Biz Headlines, June 10, 2019

By Kerry Doole

'I was on cloud nine': Sask. native Tenille Arts channels Canadian pride singing anthem at NBA Finals

"I'm proud to be Canadian, and I really hope that comes across in my version," the 25-year-old country singer from Weyburn, Sask. said. – Star-Phoenix

Walk Off the Earth's O Canada rendition at Raptors-Warriors game draws mixed reviews

The group's creative take on national anthem gets kudos from some, disdain from others. – Canadian Press

Of course Drake is a part of the Raptors. Hip hop and basketball are intertwined

His enthusiasm, his trash talking – in short, his passionate expressiveness – have rubbed many the wrong way; according to some, this hip-hop star has gone too far. But hip hop and basketball have a lengthy, intertwined relationship dating back to 1992. – Mark Campbell, Globe and Mail

B.C. Summer Festival Guide: 80+ events happening around Metro Vancouver

Plan some fun in the sun at one of the many festivals happening around Metro Vancouver this summer. – Julia Piper, Vancouver Sun


The Cadillac Lounge is officially closing after 19 years in Toronto

Another live music venue is about to bite the dust in our fair city, sources confirm: The Cadillac Lounge is closing this July — for real this time, and for good. Owner Sam Grosso says that his unique space, a veritable Parkdale fixture since it opened in 2000, has finally been sold more than two years after a real estate listing first sparked rumours of the Caddy's impending closure. – Blog TO

PUP return to play where they first headlined

In NOW's new live video, the Toronto punks come back to the Magpie – now Dundas Video – for a fiery performance of Free At Last from their new album Morbid Stuff. – Richard Trapunski, NOW

Go off with Don Brownrigg’s Fireworks 

With five years between records, a refreshed and renewed artist is back. The new album, Fireworks, bears the scars of his heart and poetically illustrates tales of tortured apologies and painful realizations. – Sara Connors, The Coast

On Our Radar: Black Mountain visits a world made for Pringles and Depends in video for "Licensed to Drive"

 The video has the Vancouver-via-Victoria legend Stephen McBean hunkered down on the sofa in front of a vintage red Zenith TV with a ColecoVision-issue joystick in his hand.  – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight


What is happening to streaming’s superstars?

New analyses reveal a surprising truth: Over the past three years, the world’s biggest artists have seen their market share of total streams — and therefore total money distributed by the likes of Spotify — decline significantly. Why? – Tim Ingham, Rolling Stone  


Billy Boy Arnold helped the blues give birth to rock ’n’ roll 

He might be best known as Bo Diddley’s 1950s harmonica player, but he’s 25 years into a comeback of his own. – David Whiteis, Chicago Reader

Wonderland lost

Forty years ago, Earth, Wind & Fire’s final opus produced disco’s last great moment. A month later, the genre died in a Chicago baseball stadium. My dad was there for all of it. – Jackson Howard, The Ringer

Billboard to launch weekly Top Songwriters and Top Producers charts

The rankings will spotlight top creators on the Billboard Hot 100 and other genre song charts. The charts will debut in the Billboard issue dated June 15. – Billboard

US and Canada are having a national anthem showdown during the NBA final

Before the Warriors and Raptors duke it out on the court, another battle royale takes place at the NBA Finals. And if you're skipping it, you're missing out. It's the Battle of the National Anthem Dominance between the US and Canada. Here, we look back at the showdown and rank who's winning.   Amir Vera, CNN

Instead of talking ads and sales, numbers and figures, we’re talking about how to get creative and make a serious impact when you’re strapped for cash. – Symphonic Blog


Dr John: the voodoo-fuelled showman who beat his own path through rock

The trailblazer who injected New Orleans R&B with sinister psychedelia will live on as an icon of curdled idealism.  – Alexis Petridis, The Guardian

Dr. John: 12 Essential Songs

From “Iko Iko” to “Such a Night” and beyond, we revisit key tracks by New Orleans’ legendary Night Tripper. – Alison Fensterstock, Rolling Stone

Madonna says New York Times piece fixated on her age ‘makes me feel raped’

In a lengthy Instagram post Thursday, Madonna expressed how upset she was by a cover story titled “Madonna at Sixty,” published days before the release of her upcoming album, “Madame X.” She wrote that the piece, which centers on how she has navigated the pop-music world she helped shape years ago, unduly concentrated on her age. – Washington Post,


UTA in talks with Paradigm for potential merger

The deal would strengthen UTA's music department and augment Paradigm's film and television business. – Dave Brooks, Billboard

Rapper jailed after allegedly charging $4 million on credit to fund career

Music to Apple's and Spotify's ears: Paid streaming expected to skyrocket

There could be nearly 1.2 billion paid music-streaming subscriptions by 2030. – The Motley Fool

The record industry expects a windfall. Where will the money go?

With streaming poised to infuse billions of dollars into the music business, artists are once again hoping to get their fair share. – Marc Hogan, Pitchfork

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Joey Martinez

Neil Young & Crazy Horse


Neil Young's New Album 'FU##IN' UP' Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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