Music Biz Headlines, March 29, 2021

A new collection showcases Willie Dunn (pictured), Andy Shauf evades the spotlight, and The Weeknd teases a new NFT song. Also in the headlines are Emmanuelle Gattuso, Streetheart, Larnell Lewis, Deadmau5's cat, DFA 1979, Celine, Tegan & Sara, UMG, streaming stats, Grammy numbers, TuneIn, Elvis Costello, SXSW, and Miriam Linna.

Music Biz Headlines, March 29, 2021

By Kerry Doole


A new anthology celebrates Indigenous music pioneer Willie Dunn

A new collection on the acclaimed reissues label Light In The Attic showcases the pioneering Indigenous troubadour, filmmaker and activist. – Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

‘We decided to fund the things that aren’t sexy’: Emmanuelle Gattuso’s gamechanging approach to philanthropy

When the pandemic hit, Emmanuelle Gattuso, one of Toronto’s most committed philanthropists, worked harder than ever to help her beloved city. – Leanne Delap, Toronto Star

Andy Shauf got noticed when he made Barack Obama’s summer playlist, but he’s not exactly seeking out the limelight

Some musicians are magnets for attention. No matter where they go or what they’re doing, they always seem to demand recognition and flattery. But Andy Shauf, one of Toronto’s best kept musical secrets, is the exact opposite of that attention-seeking stereotype, remaining unobtrusive even at his own gigs. – Hayden Godfrey, Toronto Star


The Weeknd teases release of new NFT song “coming soon”

The star's cryptic tweet suggests an NFT release is likely. – Damian Jones, NME

Long trip, full tank

Streetheart members used Covid time out to write and record new tunes. – David Sanderson, Winnipeg Free Press

Grammy winning Toronto musician can play any song after hearing it one time

With a music career that’s netted him multiple Grammy awards and Juno nominations, Larnell Lewis is anything but a one hit wonder. The Toronto-based drummer and composer is suddenly a viral video sensation thanks to his uncanny ability to replicate iconic rock songs in one take. – CTV News

Deadmau5's cat Meowingtons is the first animal with an OnlyFans account

In these uncertain times, everyone needs a side hustle. Now, even Deadmau5's cat Meowingtons is pulling his weight. The black-and-white snuggle buddy is the newest member of content subscription service OnlyFans. He's also the first animal to join the platform. – Katie Bain, Billboard

Death From Above 1979 are back, on track and feeling the love

Death From Above 1979’s latest album, Is 4 Lovers, was recorded over five weeks in a rented Los Angeles rehearsal space, then cut up produced and mastered by the band. The duo’s fourth studio release is an intentional return to its muscular, dancey, riff-laiden roots — albeit from a considerably more mature vantagepoint. – Jonathan Dekel, Toronto Star

Celine Dion set to receive honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College's School of Music

The ‘My Heart Will Go On’ hitmaker will receive an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College's School of Music. Dion will join Pharrell Williams, Donald Harrison, and Chad Hugo in picking up honorary doctorates from the esteemed institution. – PerthNow


A look at a new record label created for Indigenous musicians

Red Music Rising was created to support an Indigenous arts community on the rise. – Brylian Marin, The Runner

From the CBC archives: When Calgary musicians Tegan & Sara were still in high school

These days, Canadian music fans know the pop band formed by a pair of Calgary identical twins as Tegan & Sara. But back in April 1998, when local teens mostly concerned themselves with "final exams and graduation," a CBC Calgary reporter checked them out. – CBC

B.C. to provide $16 million in funding for arts and culture organizations for Covid-19 recovery

The B.C. government stated that it will provide an additional $14 million in resilience supplements to 588 arts and culture organizations in the province. – Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight 

How one Toronto company is using music merch to help struggling bars

Taking cues from the music world, Merch Tent is helping bars and venues stay afloat with limited edition merchandise. – Richard Trapunski, NOW


Is Universal Music Group worth $29 billion? $49 billion? Even $100 billion?

The music business is in an oddly inert place right now. The biggest music business story of several years is waiting in the wings, and it could be even more climactic than anticipated. Last month, UMG parent company Vivendi confirmed that its management board was considering a proposal to “spin out” 60% of the world’s biggest music company onto the Amsterdam Stock Exchange at an undefined point in 2021.  But what valuation will Universal reach as a public company? – Tim Ingham, Rolling Stone


Why we think streaming subscription ARPU fell by around 8% globally for the record industry last year

In spite of the pandemic, the headline numbers from IFPI were upbeat: global recorded music revenues reached $21.6 billion last year, representing an increase of 7.4% versus 2019. However, behind the celebrations of a growing industry in a pandemic year, you might just hear some record industry grumbles about that old chestnut, subscription-related Average Revenue Per User (ARPU). – Tim Ingham,  MBW

Barcelona hosts large crowd after testing for Covid

The concert is seen as a rehearsal for the return of live music. – BBC


TuneIn loses appeal against judgment in Sony and Warner copyright infringement lawsuit in the UK

“The company was hoping to overturn the judgment in the Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment copyright infringement lawsuit that was made in November 2019.” – Murray Stassen, MBW

Near truths: Grammy numbers

The verdict on the Grammys telecast—from bizniks and critics alike—has been nearly unanimous: It was the best show in years. The show’s lineup of young stars represents the essence of today’s business, and their millions of fans simply don’t consume media via broadcast TV or iTunes anymore. Those metrics exemplify old-school thinking, so much so that Nielsen will end up fighting for relevancy in the near future. – I.B. Bad, Hits Daily Double

Getting It Done: The week in D.I.Y. & Indie music

In our tips and tricks section this week, we offered artists advice on how to find detailed TikTok analytics, how to use Instagram filters to promote your music, how to deal with public feedback on your music, and much more.  – Hypebot

Tom Petty, 'Somewhere You Feel Free,’ ‘The Fallout’ win SXSW Audience Awards

Nicholas Bruckman’s “Not Going Quietly” won the documentary audience prize at the famed Austin music and film fest. – Brian Welk, The Wrap

65 great British albums to test your hi-fi system

The albums below are not necessarily those with the highest production value, with every instrument polished to the bone, but they do all highlight those facets of reproduced sound that it is imperative any good system gets right. There are tricky rhythms, exaggerated dynamic shifts, and of course plenty of dense textures to sonically explore. – What Hifi

Chronicling rock and roll’s neglected stories

Miriam Linna, who recently published a five-pound book on the history of Fortune Records, keeps her apartment teeming with jukeboxes, magazines, and records made more for love than money. – Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker

Elvis Costello albums from worst to best

We’re refreshing and revising our old Counting Down lists to make room for new albums and insights that have come along since their initial publication. Our first ranking of Elvis Costello’s albums from worst to best originally ran on August 9, 2013. – Stereogum


Courtesy of Vertigo Live



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

keep readingShow less