Music Biz Headlines, June 3, 2021

The notorious Teenage Head (pictured) riot remembered, YouTube spends big bucks on music, and Believe launches its IPO. Also in the headlines are Gary Beals, Vancouver venues, TikTok, Canadian Screen Awards, Netflix, BMG, Twitch, Coachella, Hollywood Bowl, Vince Neil, Lil Loaded, and Hole.

Music Biz Headlines, June 3, 2021

By Kerry Doole

Ontario performing arts and music groups seek public’s help in getting re-opening ‘fairness’ from province

With millions of dollars of plans for summer shows and concerts hanging in the balance, Ontario’s performing arts and live music industries are banding together with big-name performers such as Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Broadway star Chilina Kennedy to launch a public campaign seeking regulatory “fairness” under the province’s reopening plan. – JK Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

Young Juno nominees on why they’re moving to the algorithm of TikTok

Passing 10 million TikTok followers was a monumental accomplishment for Johnny Orlando, so he celebrated by plowing his face into a frosted cake. In a goofy clip made for his account, the 18-year-old pop singer from Mississauga, Ont., drew from many ingredients of a successful TikTok moment. His young peers are also taking advantage of TikTok for self-promotion. – David Friend, CP


Broadcast future of Canadian Screen Awards up in air as plans for 2022 remain unconfirmed by CBC

The Canadian Screen Awards, the country’s equivalent to the Oscars and Emmys, does not yet have a broadcasting home for 2022. The public broadcaster has not yet committed to airing the next instalment of the CSAs, which spotlight the best in domestic film, television and digital media. – Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail

Remembering the infamous Teenage Head riot at Ontario Place

The Hamilton punk band scored national notoriety with the incident. Here's what happened. –  Mark McNeil, Hamilton Spectator

Buying in with Gary Beals

Beals first found fame as a Nova Scotian participant in Canadian Idol. These days, he’s finding liberation in being an independent artist. – Morgan Mullin, The Coast


YouTube says it paid the music biz over $4B in the last 12 months

Earlier this year, Spotify boss Daniel Ek announced that his company paid out over $5 billion to the music industry in 2020. According to new information revealed by YouTube, the Alphabet-owned platform appears to be fixated on chasing down its Swedish rival. YouTube’s Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen confirmed that YouTube paid artists, songwriters, and rights-holders over $4 billion in the last 12 months – money derived from both YouTube ads and YouTube Music / YouTube Premium subscriptions. – MBW


The $4 billion question: Will YouTube’s pay-outs placate the music business?

YouTube has announced that it has paid out $4 billion to the music business over the past year. But is this going to be enough to turn it from the music industry’s occasional bête noire to its permanent golden child? Only a few years ago, YouTube was the chief target for the music business. – Eamonn Forde, Forbes

Believe launches €300m IPO in Paris, following 'most prolific quarter' in its history

French indie distribution and services company, Believe, has launched its IPO on the Paris Euronext. The company – the owner of TuneCore and various labels as well as its own-branded indie services platform – has announced an indicative price range of the IPO of between €19.50 and €22.50 per share, with an initial issuance of 15,384,616 new shares. – Tim Ingham, MBW

3 things to know about Believe's finances

The MBW Review is where we aim our microscope towards some of the music biz’s biggest recent goings-on. This time, we go behind the numbers of Believe, the Paris-headquartered distribution and services company that launched its IPO in France on June 1. – MBW 

Netflix and BMG strike long-term music publishing deal outside U.S.

Netflix has struck a new long-term exclusive agreement with BMG for the management and administration of its music publishing rights worldwide outside the U.S., the companies announced on Wednesday. The companies forged a similar deal in 2017. – Variety


Twitch 'disappointed' by music publishers as it's hit by 1,000 copyright takedown notices

Amazon-owned live streaming platform Twitch told its users on Friday May 28 that it's been sent a "batch" of new copyright infringement claims from music publishers. – MBW

Tencent shutting down Call of Duty Online in China

Call of Duty Online, a free-to-play instalment of the popular franchise, is being closed down later this year. –

Coachella and Stagecoach scrapped for 2021

The brains behind California’s Coachella and Stagecoach festivals has promised fans both events will be back in 2022 after officially scrapping a late 2021 comeback. Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett is revealing his Indio festivals will be back in April 2022. – Noise11

New to Vinyl records? Here’s what you need to know

Before you go shopping for turntables, cartridges, and headphones, here are a few things to remember as you start your journey into records. –  Orlano Mendiola, Wired


Hollywood Bowl will return to full capacity just in time for summer lineup

The show will go on this summer at the Hollywood Bowl, which recently announced plans to return to 100% capacity as 54.4% of Californians have now received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Single-event tickets went on sale Tuesday for the iconic performance venue‘s summer lineup, which includes high-profile acts such as H.E.R., Christina Aguilera and, of course, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. – LA Times

Vince Neil's first post-pandemic gig was a bust

Motley Crue fans should feel grateful that the band’s stadium tour with Def Leppard has been postponed to 2022. Over the holiday weekend, Crue singer Vince Neil performed his first solo gig since the pandemic began. It did not go well, and Neil cut his set short. – Metalsucks

Rapper Lil Loaded dies at 20

The musician was indicted on one count of manslaughter in March. – Alex Noble, The Wrap

Courtney Love says there will "absolutely not” be a Hole reunion

After years of teases and retractions, Love now tells Vogue “it’s just not gonna happen.”  –Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork

Myles Smith attends the Sony Music's The BRIT Awards 2024 After Party at the Nobu Hotel on March 02, 2024 in London, England.
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Myles Smith attends the Sony Music's The BRIT Awards 2024 After Party at the Nobu Hotel on March 02, 2024 in London, England.

Chart Beat

Hot 100 First-Timers: Myles Smith Shines With Breakthrough Single ‘Stargazing’

The song debuts at No. 77.

English singer-songwriter Myles Smith lands his first career entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated May 25), as his breakout single “Stargazing” debuts at No. 77.

Released May 10 on It’s Okay To Feel/RCA Records, the track arrives on the chart with 6.7 million official U.S. streams, 34,000 in radio airplay audience and 6,000 downloads sold in its opening week (through May 16), according to Luminate. It also starts at No. 10 on Digital Song Sales.

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