Music Biz Headlines, May 4, 2023

Music Biz Headlines, May 4, 2023

By Kerry Doole

Let it be: Inside a Canadian music empire built on selling rock 'n' roll nostalgia note for note

Think of it as a symphony for rockers — and 20 years on, it has become a staple at concert halls across the country. – Joe O'Connor, Financial Post

Before you judge ‘moccasin gaze’ music, walk a mile in Daniel Monkman’s shoes

Anishinaabe musician Daniel Monkman created the genre 'moccasin gaze,' which introduces First Nations drums to gauzy, distorted shoegaze rock. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

Adam Baldwin’s newest record is his biggest hit. Here’s why he almost didn’t write it.

The singer-songwriter played two hometown Halifax shows last week as part of an almost-sold-out tour. – Morgan Mullin, The Coast 

Celeb bidding war: Snoop Dogg vs Ryan Reynolds & The Weeknd fight for NHL franchise

The Ottawa Senators are up for grabs, with bids coming in at 1 billion dollars. – MARCA

The Weeknd teams up with Mike Dean for four new songs

Abel Tesfaye also served as executive producer on Dean’s new album ‘4:23’. – Ali Shutler, NME


Bryan Adams shows why he’s a superstar at the grand opening of Pickering Casino Resort

For his encore-free, 90-minute set, the 63-year-old Canadian did not disappoint, delivering hit after hit after hit after hit. – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star

This $9M ‘70s style Mississauga mansion inspired by nature reportedly hosted the Rolling Stones

The home listed for $8.9 million at 2350 Doulton Drive was built in the mid-1970s by the late Montreal architect Fred Roman. – Marissa Birnie, Hamilton Spectator

Zoon release a reverb-y album ‘Bekka Ma’iingan,’ plus new music from Pantayo, PJ Harvey and more

Start your weekend with a curated playlist of new music from across Canada and beyond, including cuts from Daniel Monkman’s acclaimed “moccasin-gaze” project. – Richie Assaly, Toronto Star

Maggie is a tuneful tribute to country star Johnny Reid’s Scottish granny, but loses the plot

Maggie, a new musical currently having its world premiere at Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius with backing from producer Michael Rubinoff (Come from Away), is a splendid showcase of Johnny Reid’s songwriting skills. But it has a number of problems in its decades-spanning plot that need to be solved if it hopes to spread far beyond Reid’s fanbase. – JK Nestruck, Globe and Mail

Meet a retired teacher and a broadcast technician who have performed in some major COC productions

Bruce Jakacki and Nancy Mellow are COC supernumeraries, amateur actors who appear as extras to fill out crowded scenes. – Joshua Chong, Toronto Star

Witch Prophet sees the future

The Toronto neo-soul singer opens up about lucid dreams and the love that grounds her. “If I came out with an album like this five years ago, it would probably be a little too witchy,” says Ayo Leilani. “Now it’s a lot less scary to talk about.” – Richie Assaly, Toronto Star


Grimes: “Copyright sucks – art is a conversation with everyone that’s come before us”

"The music industry has been defined by lawyers, and that strangles creativity." – Emma Wilkes, NME


Sony generated $2.18bn from recorded music plus music publishing in calendar Q1, up 9.7% YoY

Sony's global music rights operation – across recorded music and music publishing – generated USD $2.181 billion in the three months to end of March 2023. That's according to MBW's calculations based on Sony Group Corp's calendar Q1 2023 (fiscal Q4 2022) results, as announced by the Japanese firm April 28. – MBW

Study finds 50 per cent of vinyl buyers in US don’t have a record player

It appears that "superfans" with a completist mindset are driving the trend. – Charlotte Krol, NME

How the streaming era turned music into sludge

The launch of the iTunes Store 20 years ago laid the groundwork for platforms to transform songs into generic background noise. – Morgan Meaker, Wired

Willie Nelson hosts 90th birthday concerts at The Hollywood Bowl

A star-studded cast representing many genres paid tribute, but Willie and Trigger stole the show. – LA Times

Voice and Hammer: Harry Belafonte's unfinished fight. An interview from the archives

Once, more than half a century ago, he was the handsomest man in the world. A radiant man. It was a matter of bearing, of voice and gesture and timing. He had that high, buttery baritone, and that smile, the genuine pleasure that seemed to roll off the so-​called King of Calypso in soft little waves. – Jeff Sharlet, VQRonline


‘I was decadent, I was stupid, I was a fool’: the dark days of Donna Summer

In public she oozed glamour, but in private the disco star battled depression, self-loathing and suicidal thoughts. Her daughter speaks about the film she made to understand Summer’s silent struggle. – DD Wray, The Guardian

Want to keep track of AI-created music? There’s a playlist for that

Now that the AI genie is out of the bottle, hundreds, maybe thousands of people are using the technology to create deepfake songs. A site called AI Hits is keeping track of things. There were only 39 such songs this week, but you know that’s going to explode. – Alan Cross, Journal of Musical Things


The Lost Album of the Beatles review – deeply researched what-ifs

Daniel Rachel imagines what the next Beatles album might have been like, with painstaking detail and great stories. – David Hepworth, The Guardian

Ed Sheeran performs brief concert on witness stand during copyright trial in NYC

“I'm singing out loud,” he sang, loud enough to be heard but not raising decibels in the court. – Larry Neumeister,The Associated Press 

Woman has ‘loud and full body orgasm’ during LA Philharmonic concert

The ground really moved for one woman during the second movement of the LA Philharmonic’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony — when she experienced a “loud and full body orgasm.” Several concertgoers described the woman’s climactic moment Friday from the balcony at the packed Walt Disney Concert Hall. – New York Post

Smokey Robinson turns seductive with new album ‘Gasms’

When Smokey Robinson started dating his-now wife more than 20 years ago, she didn’t want people to know about it. – Mark Kennedy, AP

Piano fever sweeps UK as online lessons and street instruments fuel take-up

Outdoor pianos, celebrity names and free tuition videos combine to get Britons tickling the ivories once more.– The Guardian

Q&A: 6lack returns to music after prioritizing mental health

6lack was on a hot streak, dishing out Grammy-worthy work and being featured on songs with music’s elite including Elton John, Calvin Harris and J Cole. But while the singer-rapper was riding high, he neglected one important element: His mental health. – Jonathan Landrum Jr., AP

Bebe Rexha ignites a ‘70s disco inferno with album ‘Bebe’

Bebe Rexha’s eyes welled with tears after hearing Dolly Parton on her song “Seasons” for the first time. Recruiting the music icon for the record, which Rexha initially thought was a “shot in the dark,” was now reality. – Gary Gerard Hamilton, AP

Aerosmith announce final tour

The classic rock band’s farewell tour begins in September 2023. – Pitchfork

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The Black Keys Cancel North American Leg of International Players Tour

The rock duo's 31-date arena trek was scheduled to launch in September and included a date at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena on Oct. 11, 2024.

The Black Keys have abruptly canceled their upcoming North American tour.

The 31-date arena trek — which was scheduled to launch Sept. 17 in Tulsa, Okla., and wrap Nov. 12 in Detroit — quietly disappeared from Ticketmaster’s website without explanation on Friday (May 24).

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