Music Biz Headlines, March 28, 2018

Jessie Reyez's success boosts the Remix Project, and Gord Downie's legacy shines brightly at The Junos. Those also in the headlines include Harry Styles, inclusion riders, Killer Mike, Todd Kerns, the Beatles, Ronnie Prophet, Quake Matthews, The Jerry Cans, Jack White, Onegin, and Lana Del Rey.

Music Biz Headlines, March 28, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Gord Downie leaves his mark on a more inclusive Juno Awards

The late Tragically Hip frontman spent his last years fighting for Indigenous rights, something that was front and centre in this year’s broadcast from Vancouver  – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

The success of Jessie Reyez elevates the Remix Project

The Toronto creative mentorship program had a huge impact on the fast-rising star, and she talks it up wherever she can –

Two directions: why Harry Styles' new song is a breakthrough for bisexual music fans

From Nicki Minaj to Katy Perry, the ‘B’ in LGBTQ has long been overlooked or exploited by mainstream pop. But the former One Direction star's latest track is a sign of more inclusive times –Owen Myers Guardian

Musicians should have inclusion riders too

The film industry isn't the only place that could benefit from purposeful diversity efforts – Megan Seling, Nashville Scene


Killer Mike: Rapper defends gun ownership in NRA video

Run The Jewels rapper Killer Mike has spoken out against anti-gun activists following the March For Our Lives rally in Washington –

Todd Kerns's Toque is about as Canadian as it gets

The Age of Electric frontman and Slash sideman brought his new band Toque to town – Steve Newton, Georgia Straight

Never-seen photos of Beatles sold for $358K at auction

Hundreds of previously unseen photographs of The Beatles’ first U.S. concerts have sold for a major sum at an auction in England  –  AP

Country music star Ronnie Prophet, 80, was a superb showman

Ronnie Prophet, dubbed "the entertainer's entertainer" had a nearly lifelong career in country music as a guitar player, singer and television host. Mr. Prophet, who died on March 2 at the age of 80, performed with some of the biggest names in country music and deftly held his own – Diane Peters, Globe and Mail

Quake Matthews headed out for the bright lights of the Junos

The Allan Slaight Juno Master Class winner from Halifax had a memorable trip out to Juno Week – Stephen Cooke, Halifax Chronicle-Herald

Disturb this groove: What is the legacy of soul music?

Great pop songs like TLC's "Waterfalls" become ingrained in our casual speech. They provide generational, even intergenerational points of reference– Tav Nyong'o.

Juno Awards underdog the Jerry Cans drawing eyes and ears to music of the North

The feisty Nunavut folk-rock party band may have lost the two awards it was up for, but the band landed a prime performance spot during the Sunday night broadcast – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star


Jack White's new album Boarding House Reach is... weird

It’s certainly not an album for the past, and it’s not one that fits exactly in the present. So where does it land? –  Sarah MacDonald, NOW

Did Lana Del Rey plagiarise Radiohead? A note-by-note analysis

After Lana Del Rey settles her plagiarism case with Radiohead, composer Ed Newton-Rex shows just how similar their songs Get Free and Creep truly are –  Niko Kommenda, The Guardian

Onegin: A little Russia, a little rock 'n' roll

Unrequited love, tragedy, a swaggering playboy and a sweeping score will unfold onstage as the touring musical Onegin, co-written by Veda Hille, comes to Persephone Theatre – Jenn Sharp, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

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Iceland Rock Band KALEO's 'Rock N Roller' is This Week's Hot New Radio Track in Canada

Toronto band jackie's "Perfume" and Nova Scotian singer-songwriter Maggie Andrew's "About Us" are also making their way onto radio playlists.

The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into three categories. Top Downloads and Top Canadian Downloads represent the most copied tracks in the week ending June 7. Most Active Indies blends downloads and streams, with the affiliated label and radio promotions company in parentheses.

Top Downloads

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