Music Biz Headlines, May 11, 2018

Alice Glass opens up, Tidal is accused of faking numbers, and Canada's biggest live venues are ranked. Also in the headlines are Bob Goodlatte, Tony Kinman, Prince, Katy Perry, CMW, Tyrant Studios, Eurovision, and streaming.

Music Biz Headlines, May 11, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Alice Glass is finally telling her story

A decade after she appeared on the cover of NOW as a member of Crystal Castles, the electro-punk star opens up about going solo, #MeToo and growing up in Toronto – Liisa Ladoceur, NOW

TIDAL accused of deliberately faking Kanye West and Beyoncé streaming numbers

What a story this is.  An investigation by Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv suggests that TIDAL has been deliberately inflating its subscriber figures – MBW

The 10 hottest venues in Canada

Canada’s top-grossing music spaces for the 12-month period from March 11, 2017, through March 3, 2018, are ranked by ticket sales that were reported to Billboard Boxscore –Karen Bliss, Billboard

Editorial: How Bob Goodlatte just saved the music industry

If you like to listen to music digitally through, say, Pandora or Spotify, you may soon find a broader range of artists available through your favourite streaming service. For this, you have an unlikely person to thank: U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County –


Tony Kinman and the Secret History of Rock ’n’ Roll

The country-punk pioneer recently died at 63 after an extended battle with cancer. His work in The Dils and Rank and File was seminal  – Tim Sommer,

Prince’s island retreat in Turks and Caicos is now up for sale

The property — ‘a little gift to himself,’ says the auctioneer — is surrounded by water on three sides and has two private beaches, a marina, and a long, winding driveway that Prince painted purple right – Jim Buchta, Minneapolis Star Tribune

No more bad blood? Katy Perry sends Taylor Swift actual olive branch to end feud

Longstanding beef between pop stars may be over after Swift posts message of thanks in response to Perry’s unambiguous peace offering –  Ben Thomas, The Guardian

Playlist: TiKA and HMLT debut a timeless collaboration

Listen to a playlist of Toronto artists playing CMW 2018: TiKA/HMLT, Chippy Nonstop, Casper Skulls, Pony and more –  Richard Trapunski, NOW

Tyrant Studios: New live-entertainment venue to open above Vancouver's Penthouse Nightclub

Vancouverites will have a new live-entertainment to frequent this summer once Tyrant Studios opens its doors atop the storied Penthouse Nightclub (1019 Seymour Street) on May 18  Lucy Lau, Georgia Straight

Eurovision 2018: the songs to look out for, from gay couples to toy camels

The annual jamboree of dance bangers, pop opera and token metalheads rolls around this weekend – here are some of the best tracks from a very strong crop  – Alex Marshall, The Guardian


Streaming is not saving the music industry

Recent reports that streaming is now the 'biggest money-maker' for the music biz have prompted hyperbolic claims that Spotify and co have 'saved the music industry'. In reality, this could not be further from the truth – Patrick Clarke, Quietus

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Soleil Launière wins the Francouvertes: “It means a lot to me as an Indigenous artist”

Meet the Innu artist, big winner of the 2024 edition of the showcase-competition, who is the first Indigenous artist to win since the Quebec music competition started allowing submissions in Indigenous languages.

Soleil Launière has won the 28th edition of Francouvertes, becoming the first Indigenous artist to win the Quebec-based music competition.

The multidisciplinary Innu artist from Mashteuiatsh, Quebec won the grand final of the musical showcase on Monday, May 13. The Montreal-based artist edged out rapper Sensei H and maximalist rock singer-songwriter Loïc Lafrance.

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