Music Biz Headlines, March 1, 2019

Live Nation has a boom year, Vince Staples (pictured) gets confessional, rumours of Record Store Day releases, and Michael Jackson is under scrutiny. Also in the headlines are Foreigner, Shaye Zadravec, Avril Lavigne, VCC, King’s X, Coachella, R. Kelly,  Bonnaroo, ASCAP, De La Soul, Lou Reed, Queen, and Drake.

Music Biz Headlines, March 1, 2019

By Kerry Doole


Live Nation posts another record year, Revenue up 11%

Live Nation Entertainment posted its eighth consecutive year of record results for its revenue, operating income and adjusted operating income. In its 2018 earnings report, the company’s revenue was up 11% to $10.8 billion. –  Jem Aswad, Variety

Drake will perform five shows in Las Vegas as part of a multifaceted new partnership with Wynn Las Vegas.

 “A partnership will be the right word [for this relationship] because this isn’t just about performing at the venue. This is more about how we bring Drake into the concept of Wynn Las Vegas.," says Alex Cordova.  –  Rolling Stone

Interview: Vince Staples on tour life, Toronto and how he's commemorating Mac Miller

The unflinchingly real rapper also talks about the influence of radio, why sobriety has nothing to do with creativity and why "simple" is not a bad word in rap music. – Claudia McNeilly, NOW


Here's the list of rumoured Record Store Day 2019 releases

Record Store Day is once again approaching. And once again, the sprawling list of rumoured Record Store Day 2019 releases has leaked ahead of the official announcement. Like every year, users over on Reddit have dug up a list of RSD exclusives rumoured to be arriving on April 13.– Exclaim!

Newt's Guitar-star Radar: when and where to hear wicked pickers in Vancouver, March 2019 edition

From Sue Foley and Brian May to Steve Stevens and Colin James, here’s your monthly roundup of upcoming concerts, featuring guitar stars from many realms. – Steve Newton, Georgia Straight

Classical music: Vancouver Chamber Choir finds rewards in 92nd tour

The Choir embarked on its 92nd performance tour on Feb. 22, and Vancouver fans get to hear the content March 15. – DG Duke, Vancouver Sun

Graham Rockingham’s best bets

Grandson, Wild River, Shawn Brush, Mother Mother, and Kojo Damptey have Hamilton shows. – Hamilton Spectator

Calgary singer Shaye Zadravec finds her voice on debut EP Norway

While it might seem modest in scope, the EP has been a labour of love for the singer that spanned a number of years and two continents. – Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald

Review: Avril Lavigne's Head Above Water sinks expectations

On her first album in five years, Canada's former pop-punk princess has become her own worst nightmare – boring. – Marianna Lozowska, NOW

Foreigner brings Cold as Ice tour to River Cree

Meanwhile, the search continues for the ultimate fan of the band, the real Jukebox Hero. – Eric Volmers, Edmonton Journal



Michael Jackson cast a spell. ‘Leaving Neverland’ breaks it

The movie devotes itself to two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim, in separate accounts, that Jackson sexually abused them for years, from boyhood into adolescence.– NY Times

Offbeat rock trailblazers King’s X get a book worthy of their unique saga

Greg Prato’s new oral history tells the rocky yet ultimately triumphant tale of a band marginalized due to sound, sexuality and faith. – Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone

Coachella says it’s safe for LGBTQ people, but transgender siblings say they were denied restroom access

Donavion “Navi” Huskey just wanted to see Beyoncé. She had waited all day to see Queen Bey perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio last April and made a quick stop at the restroom before the concert began. – Hailey Branson-potts,  LA Times

Writer tenacious in R. Kelly coverage that has spanned years

The longtime chronicler of Kelly took issue with defence attorney Steve Greenberg’s suggestion that one of Kelly’s accusers told authorities that she lied about her age. – AP

Bonnaroo will host first-ever Pride Parade with circus & drag queen performances

 In addition to an amazing lineup of performers such as Solange, Cardi B, and  Kacey Musgraves, Bonnaroo will also host its first-ever Pride parade. – Xavier Piedra, Billboard

ASCAP sues 13 venues for playing music without paying

The copyright infringement lawsuits are for “unauthorized public performance of its members’ copyrighted musical works.” – Hypebot

Nas, Questlove, and More Call for Tommy Boy Boycott Following De La Soul Controversy

Recently, De La Soul announced their first six albums would soon be available on streaming services—which was great news for fans, but not so much for the legendary hip-hop group. The members took to social media Tuesday claiming they would receive only 10 percent of the revenue generated from the music streams; the other 90 percent would go to their former label Tommy Boy. Joshua Espinoza, Complex


Let's get physical

We talk to the artists and labels innovating with their output. – Jasmine Kent-Smith, MixMag

Lou Reed demo of 'I’m Waiting For The Man' discovered

The track, about buying drugs from a dealer on a New York street corner, was released with The Velvet Underground in 1967. Reed’s demo was recorded two years earlier, with an unknown male voice harmonising, and before the singer had found his distinctive, gravelly tone.  – Irish Examiner


Queen’s blockbuster biopic Bohemian Rhapsody released in China but without gay content

At least one minute of edits will be made to the film, removing images of drug use and several kisses between Freddie Mercury and other male characters.– Ultimate Classic Rock

Norman Wong



Happy Anniversary, Archie: Alvvays' Debut Record Gets a 10th Birthday Re-Issue

The Canadian jangle pop group's first album will be available on a new cerulean blue vinyl with an unearthed bonus track, as well as the ten original songs — including breakout single 'Archie, Marry Me' — that launched their career in 2014.

A major Canadian indie rock album turns 10 today (July 22), and the band is celebrating with a special re-issue.

Alvvays' self-titled debut helped the group break through on an international scale, propelled by jangly guitars, aloof vocals and an expertly catchy single. "Archie, Marry Me," with its soaring chorus and pleading lyrics, became a wedding song for a generation of ambivalent millennials, earnest and sardonic at the same time.

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