Music Biz Headlines, March 29, 2019

In the headlines today: PledgeMusic problems plague Canadian artists, Voivod (pictured) on a roll, Monster Truck, Donna Grantis, Nikki’s Wives, Cardi B, Lou Reed, Vangelis, Sandy Denny, Keith Richards, Roxy Music, SoundExchange, Taking Back Sunday, and Jeremy Dutcher.

Music Biz Headlines, March 29, 2019

By Kerry Doole

Hard-rock band Monster Truck rallies for Halifax visit

Singer/bassist Jon Harvey seems happy enough to see Monster Truck make its mark among Hamilton’s long-running legacy of hard rock, from Crowbar and Simply Saucer in the 1970s, through punk pioneers Teenage Head and Forgotten Rebels, to Junkhouse and now Arkells. – Mathew Guido Chronicle-Herald

PledgeMusic troubles hit Canadian musicians like Dayna Manning, Julian Taylor and Amanda Rheaume

Like too many other artists — L7, Fastball and Jesus Jones, to name a few — Manning is owed money donated by fans via the nine-year-old U.K. crowdfunding platform, which has all but suspended operations due to financial woes. – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star

From playing with Prince to her solo debut, Donna Grantis on her life with the guitar

The Toronto fret wizard takes us through her history with the guitar, from learning her first song to going to jazz school to playing her Purple Rain solo with Prince. – CBC Music


36 years into band’s existence, heavy-metal’s Voivod is delighted to be hotter than ever

The overall dystopian cyber-punk vibe put out there for the past 36 years by the Québecois metal quartet hadn’t quite prepared anyone for the sight of how genuinely thrilled and delighted they were to win their first Juno Award in London two Saturdays ago.  – Ben Rayner Toronto Star

Reggae bar Thymeless bids farewell after 15 years

The College Street dive bar and dance spot is famed for its Jamaican-style sound system with sub bass that "reaches into your soul." A final party is set for Saturday night. –  Kate Robertson, NOW

Nikki’s Wives name the musical trailblazers that inspired their signature blend of Alt-Rock

“Having experienced feeling disrespected and unheard before, I swore that I would never let another person make me feel like that again.”  – The A-Side


Cardi B reacts to backlash after admitting she drugged and robbed men

Cardi B, one of America’s most popular and ubiquitous rags-to-riches stories in music today, has been made to answer for her social media posts. A video Cardi posted on her Instagram Stories three years ago has surfaced in which she admits to sleeping with men, drugging them and then robbing them. – Eddy Lamarre, Rollng Out

Inside the Lou Reed archive: 'You can walk directly into his world'

The singer’s widow Laurie Anderson talks about the mountains of material preserved at the new archive launched at the New York Public Library. –  Rob Ledonne, Guardian 


Vangelis trades synthesizers for piano and finds life after the film score

“The only thing I need to do is just to make music," Vangelis said, explaining his reputation as a press-shy recluse. As nebulous as the clouds of electronic notes for which he’s known, Vangelis is also elusive when it comes to romantic relationships or anything else to do with his personal life. – Tim Greiving,  LA Times

Lost and found: Sandy Denny

She had one of the most remarkable voices in British folk-rock as well as superior songwriting skills. Her work with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and on her solo albums have stood the test of time. Plus, she is the only person to share vocals with Robert Plant on a Led Zeppelin album. – Alan Bisbort, Please Kill Me

Keith Richards says his '88 solo album 'Talk Is Cheap' made him appreciate Mick more

There was a kind of symmetry in Richards helping one of his early musical heroes belatedly rejuvenate his career at the same time the Stones' guitarist and songwriting partner of lead singer Mick Jagger was stepping out on his own for the first time.  – Randy Lewis, LA Times

Fifty years ago, John and Yoko shared their bed with the world for peace

On March 25, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were a few days into their marriage when they invited the news media to join them at their honeymoon suite at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. – Gillian Brockell Washington Post


Mawlana Hazar Imam will preside over the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal.

Taking place from 29-31 March at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Aga Khan Music Awards feature three days of concerts and events honouring the laureates in the six domains being recognised by the Award. – The ismaili

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music members to stage reunion performance at Rock Hall ceremony

The singer will join saxophonist Andy Mackay and guitarist Phil Manzanera for the first time since 2011. Brian Eno is a no-show. – Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone

Bands, breakups & contracts – What you should know

We all have our favorite band of all time.  They almost all break up or go through personnel changes. What are the consequences of breakups? Most interesting are the bands that have no original members but tour with the famous name. – Professor Philp, musicbiz101


From Joni Mitchell to James Taylor: How singing voices can get better with age

The hills are alive with the sound of mature singing voices at the moment. A multiplicity of them. And what a heady and heartening hubbub they are making. – Paul Taylor, Independent 

Matty Healy speaks out against charging fans for meet and greets

The 1975 frontman tweeted: "Who came up with pad meet and greets? Did they think ‘Surely there must be something else we can monetise……OH! Human connection!! They’ll eat that up!’” – Rhian Daly, NME

The $1 billion waiting for artists who know where to look

SoundExchange pays out nearly $1 billion to musicians each year, but the lack of attention around it highlights the music industry’s overall disorganization. –  Amy Wang, Rolling Stone

Tom Waits, RZA, Iggy Pop, and Selena Gomez to star in Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie movie

Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie movie has just been announced. It hits theaters on 6/14 via Focus Features. Jarmusch wrote and directed The Dead Don’t Die, which also stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, Sara Driver, and Carol Kane. – Julia Gray,Stereogum

Every music company is morphing into the same thing

Record labels are becoming streaming services; talent management companies are becoming record labels; distributors are having a go at becoming managers. And artists are stuck in the middle. –  Tim Ingham, Rolling Stone

Jeremy Dutcher: "The days of internalised colonialism are over

Dutcher’s low voice is filled with reverence as he quotes Buffy Sainte-Marie: “If what you want is not on the menu, go into the kitchen, cook it up, and show them how good it tastes.” Dutcher’s debut album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, certainly wasn’t on the menu.  – The Guardian

'The lack of women at the top is embarrassing': Annie Mac has a message for the music biz

The BBC Radio 1 DJ  states she is “frustrated” by labels’ treatment of new artists and music's continuing equality problems. –  Ben Homewood  Music Week

Two decades under the influence of Taking Back Sunday

The members of Taking Back Sunday are well aware of what you're likely thinking right now, and no, they can't believe they've been doing this for 20 years either. To celebrate milestone, the pop-punk band is taking a victory lap, embarking on a 38-city tour in North America, supportng a career-spanning compilation record, simply called Twenty.  –  Leanne Butkovic, Thrillist


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The Weeknd Spotted at Kendrick Lamar's 'Pop Out' Concert in Los Angeles

Unlike former Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan, the Scarborough-born artist never got onstage, but he was in the audience of the show that featured Drake diss tracks 'Not Like Us' and 'Euphoria.'

Kendrick Lamar took over the internet last night (June. 19) with his "Pop Out" concert live-streamed on Prime Video from the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. If it wasn't clear Kendrick had won public opinion in his beef with Drake, it was when the stage united cultural figures from L.A. — from up-and-comers to legends like Dr. Dre, basketball stars like Russell Westbrook, even someone Drake name-dropped in one of his diss tracks, DJ Mustard — to dance along to the scathing "Not Like Us."

DeMar DeRozan, the beloved former Toronto Raptor who was once close enough to Drake that he spilled the beans on an upcoming mixtape joined fellow L.A.-born NBA player Westbrook onstage at the Forum during "Not Like Us."

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