Music Biz Headlines, June 19, 2019

Bruce Cockburn (pictured) speaks out on Indigenous issues, Raptors energy fuels NXNE, and the Rickshaw Theatre turns 10. Others in the headlines include Corey Hart, Raptor Foot, Saweetie, Sir Lucian Grainge, Madonna, Noel Gallagher, Merck Mercuriadis, and US music publishing.

Music Biz Headlines, June 19, 2019

By FYI Staff

Bruce Cockburn says Canadians need to face up to their country's treatment of Indigenous people

'To think that we can absolve ourselves of having exercised cultural genocide is completely foolish.' – Brent Bambury. CBC Radio ·

A Flock of Seagulls, Glass Tiger and Corey Hart: A night of nostalgia on the Budweiser Stage


NXNE 2019: Raptors energy lifts Killy, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and more

Just hours after the NBA championship celebration spilled into Yonge-Dundas Square, NXNE turned it into Festival Village. – Staff, NOW

How Raptor Foot went from street performance to unofficial NBA anthem

The infectious, reggae-infused sensation that started on the streets of downtown Toronto exploded in popularity this month, becoming an unofficial NBA Finals anthem for a country swept up in basketball fever. –  David Friend, Canadian Press


Saweetie joining the superstars at Vancouver’s Breakout Festival signifies a massive shift in the way we view female hip-hop

As Vancouver’s bi-annual hip-hop festival at the PNE revved up its engines for a third time on the weekend, featuring the likes of A$AP Rocky, Rae Sremmurd and Young Thug, one name from the undercard stood out. The soft-spoken yet confident and assertive ICY GRL herself, Saweetie, is the only female rapper to play the festival. – Ben Boddez, Georgia Straight

Next Music from Tokyo brings a diverse selection of Japanese indie to Canadian stages

A review of Next Music from Tokyo’s face melting, earth-shattering volume 14, at the Biltmore Cabaret. – Kitty Cheung, The Peak

Owner Mo Tarmohamed reflects on a sometimes challenging but always rewarding run as the Rickshaw Theatre turns 10

For this writer’s money, the best live music venue in Vancouver remains the Rickshaw Theatre. There's a real appeal to knowing that the guy who runs it, when duty permits, is often front and centre in the audience, checking out the bands himself, and booking all his favourite acts when he can. – Allan MacInnis, Georgia Straight


Universal boss Sir Lucian Grainge: "We owe our artists answers" over the fire that destroyed masters

He adds that "one thing is clear: the loss of even a single piece of archived material is heartbreaking." – Tim Ingham, MBW

Madonna ‘Madame X’ is a creative disaster

Madonna was questionably the greatest pop act of the 80s. She was certainly the most successful. She was a Bugatti on a racetrack in top gear. On ‘Madame X’ she sounds like a broken-down Ford Fiesta lost on a dirt road to Vegas. – Paul Cashmere,


Noel Gallagher says he’d rather eat his own shit than listen to his brother Liam’s music

Noel Gallagher spoke backstage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2019. Whilst there, he laid into his brother Liam (to put it lightly), spoke about how he captained the Ferry over to the Isle of Wight with Peter Hook – ruining a fan’s day in the process and regaled his hatred of American bands headlining festivals. –

What they don't tell you about being independent in 2019

If you’ve been a part of music in the past 10 years, the bright-eyed pitch for independence is a familiar refrain - in short, you don’t need a label to succeed. There’s some truth to it—but our current definition of an “independent musician” is murky at best. – Graham Corrigan, Complex

Songwriters are more important than stars’

Merck  Mercuriadis reckons he has created a new asset class by putting hit songs on the same level as precious metals with the Hipgnosis Songs Fund. It has raised almost £350m since listing on the London Stock Exchange last year (under the ticker SONG) to buy pop song catalogues. – Chris Johnston, The Telegraph

Mississippi hall of fame adds 5 music and literary figures

The new inductees include Tammy Wynette, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and John Lee Hooker. – AP


How much money is the U.S. music publishing industry making: a billion dollars more than it was four years ago

According to new NMPA member statistics, in 2018, annual US music publishing revenues hit $3.33bn, up 11.78% year-on-year. This number is noteworthy for a few reasons. Firstly, the difference between that scary 2014 figure ($2.15bn) and 2018’s annual number – less than half a decade later – was over a billion dollars ($1.18bn). – Tim Ingham, MBW 

Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services
Rb Hip Hop

Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services

There's a more explicit Biggie verse in the vault, according to the NBA legend.

Shaq’s classic with Biggie is finally available on streaming services. The news was broken by FakeShoreDrive on X earlier this week, and the Hall of Fame big man confirmed the news Thursday afternoon (June 13).

The year is 1996 and Shaquille O’Neal and the Notorious B.I.G. are two of the biggest figures in their respective fields. Shaq was entering the last year of his deal with the Orlando Magic before he headed west to the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 1995-1996 season. Biggie was getting ready to release his sophomore album, Life After Death, while in the throws of a beef with 2Pac. Big name-dropped the NBA player on the song “Gimme the Loot” off his debut album, Ready to Die, and the two had a mutual respect for each other ever since.

keep readingShow less