Music Biz Headlines, May 9, 2018

Fleetwood Mac's new guitar team at work, Jessica Mitchell opens up, and a ranking of all the artists in the Rock Hall of Fame. Also in the headlines are Feist, R Kelly, Grimes, Jay-Z, Ticketmaster, CMW, Paul Shaffer, Guns N' Roses, Paul Simon, music downloads, and the Canadian Opera Company.

Music Biz Headlines, May 9, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Fleetwood Mac’s new guitar team debuts as a fiery duo at Neil Finn show in L.A.

The Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell sat in, turning the Largo pop-up into a mini-preview of fireworks fans can expect on tour  – Chris Willman, Variety

Singer-songwriter Jessica Mitchell breaks open her 'heart of glass'

Most people would be flattered to be described as the Adele of country music. London native Jessica Mitchell does view it as a compliment but Adele, the British megastar, is not who she wants to be   – Joe Belanger, London Free Press

All 214 artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ranked from best to worst

The idea of a bunch of self-satisfied music-industry fat cats in tuxedos having rock stars assemble for a command performance in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom once a year is precisely the sort of thing rock was created to be the antidote to  – Bill Wyman, Vulture


Feist on her new ‘zeitgeist awareness,’ women’s marches and Leonard Cohen

The Canadian chanteuse heading out on the road talks about the recent influence that the book Women & Power: A Manifesto has had on her   – David Friend, CP

The problem with R Kelly: how the star is finally facing the music

Years of allegations of sexual misconduct from underage women haven’t affected his standing in the industry but is the tide about to turn? –  Katie Bain, The Guardian

Ticketmaster hopes to speed up event access by scanning your face

By partnering with a face recognition maker, it could eventually allow you to enter venues without a ticket  –  Mariella Moon, Engadget

Vancouver's Juno-winning environmentalist Grimes walks the red carpet in New York City with Elon Musk

Grimes (born in Vancouver as Claire Elise Boucher) walked along a red carpet recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with the Tesla and Space X billionaire. According to the New York Post, they have become an "item"  – Charlie Wilson, Georgia Straight

Jay-Z lawyers: SEC probe has become a 'celebrity hunt'

The SEC is demanding the music mogul submit to questioning about his various businesses  – Larry Neumeister, AP

CMW 2018: 12 hidden gems on the music fest's lineup

There are some underlooked best bets hiding in this year's schedule of the Toronto event  –  Richard Trapunski, NOW

Q's With Paul Shaffer On The Best Of What Canada Has To Offer

When it comes to Canada’s exports to American music and culture, Shaffer may be among the most iconic Canucks in popular culture  – Ron Camacho, Pollstar


The short, unhappy life of music downloads

The numbers say that the download era is likely to go down in history as a brief glitch — a transitional phase between physical products and cloud-based music that did the industry no favors at all  – Bill Rosenblatt, Forbes

Guns N' Roses remove song with homophobic and racist language from reissued album

One In a Million, from the band’s 1988 G N’ R Lies EP, has been cut from a reissue of the album Appetite for Destruction thanks to lyrics such as: ‘Immigrants and faggots, they make no sense to me’  – Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian

Q&A: Former Times critic Robert Hilburn on writing about Paul Simon and the struggle to protect art

Pop music writer Randy Lewis and music critic Robert Hilburn sat down recently to talk about Hilburn’s latest book, "Paul Simon --The Life', published by Simon & Schuster  – Los Angeles Times

Star Sondra Radvanovsky’s vocals lead Canadian Opera Company to triumph with Anna Bolena

Strong singing is the backbone of compelling Canadian Opera Company production, bringing the doomed story of Anne Boleyn to dramatic life – John Terauds, Toronto Star

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Music News

Coldplay Announce Details For 10th Studio Album, ‘Moon Music’

Produced by Max Martin, the collection is due out on Oct. 4.

Coldplay announced the release date for their 10th studio album on Monday morning (June 17). Produced by Max Martin, Moon Music will arrive Oct. 4, and is led-off by LP’s first single, “feelslikeimfallinginlove,” which, as previously reported, drops this Friday (June 21).

Chris Martin and the band gave fans a taste of things to come at Budapest’s Puskás Aréna on Sunday night (June 16), where they performed the new song in full. Earlier, the group shared a snippet of the euphoric new number on their socials, along with artwork that features the face of a waning planet with a colorful corona erupting from its surface.

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