Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 15, 2019

Margo Timmins (pictured) calls out sexism, Chi Pig gets reflective, and Shawn Mendes cheers the Raptors. Also in the headlines are Rob Stoner, concert deals, Fender, Brian Setzer, Iceland Airwaves, Ken Burns, Tencent, Dolly Parton, CMA Awards, Nik Powell, John Legend, LP, and Crime.

Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 15, 2019

By Kerry Doole

SNFU frontman Mr. Chi Pig on life, love and drawing himself to death

I didn’t want to interview Chi Pig. It just happened. There’s probably a thousand people more qualified to do this piece, but in a way, Chi chose me. Then he told me he was given one month to live. – Sean Orr, Beat Route

Looking for the cheap seats: 8 ways to get a deal on concert tickets

Anyone who’s been to a concert recently is well aware that there’s no such thing as cheap seats anymore. But, music fans looking for break do have a few options. – Armina Ligaya, The Star

Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins calls out sexism in the music industry

'With my count, after tonight, there'll be around 100 men and 10 women in the Hall of Fame. That’s not right.' – Holly Gordon, CBC Music


Shawn Mendes showed up to the Raptors game last night and everyone was swooning

We love a good sighting of a Canadian celebrity supporting a Toronto sports team. This time, it was Shawn Mendes and his girlfriend Camila Cabello who were spotted at the Raptors vs. Clippers game in Los Angeles last night. – Blog TO

The man who kept Bob Dylan’s thunder rolling

The Rolling Thunder Revue was a travelling onstage party picking up more hangers-on with each stop. In the middle of it all was bassist Rob Stoner, Dylan's designate as musical director, the guy who kept the menagerie on beat while all around the party raged. He's now coming to town with Robert Gordon. – Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator 


How do you update an iconic electric guitar?

It’s a problem faced by many CEOs in charge of iconic brands. When you’re updating your product, how much do you dare change it? US company Fender has just brought out a new version of its Stratocaster electric guitar. – Jeremy Howell, BBC News 

Nearly 10% of tracks on Tencent Music services will be behind a paywall by the end of the year

There are a few obvious differences between Spotify and Tencent Music Entertainment (TME), the owner of China’s biggest music streaming platforms. The biggest difference, as evidenced by TME’s latest Q3 results, announced Nov. 11, is monetized scale. – Tim Ingham, MBW

Key players of the local music industry have lauded the recent statement by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the government will look into setting up a body to protect and develop the local music industry.– Dennis ChuaStraits Times


The most memorable moments from the 2019 CMA Awards

The biggest names in country music took the stage at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards. These are the highlights. – CNN

Brian Setzer diagnosed with severe tinnitus, cancels holiday tour

The 16th annual "Christmas Rocks! Tour" was scheduled to kick off later this week. – Alex Young,  CoS

Iceland Airwaves will Inspire even the most cynical music festival-goers

We travelled to Reykjavík to cover the 2019 edition of this truly progressive, unique music festival. – Lizzie MannoPaste

Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’ documentary reached 34.5M unique viewers

The acclaimed eight-part Country Music documentary, which premiered Sept. 15 on PBS stations nationwide, reached 34.5 million unique viewers, according to Nielsen’s Live +7 data. To date, there have been more than 4 million streams of the series across all PBS digital platforms and the series has generated nearly 1.5 million social media engagements on Facebook and Twitter. – Jessica Nicholson, Musicrow

Dolly Parton refuses to get political. She’d prefer to heal the divide

Parton is celebrating the release of “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings,” an anthology series premiering Nov. 22 on Netflix. Each of the eight episodes is inspired by a song in her massive catalog. – Meredith Blake, LA Times

Nik Powell obituary

The co-founder of Virgin Records, he went on to head the film company Palace Pictures, which had hits with Mona Lisa and The Crying Game. – Ryan Gilbey, Guardian


LP’s ‘Lost On You’: The hit record the music business almost lost

"I literally could tell the second they looked at me; they just didn't get it. I could just see the vacancy in their eyes. They were like, 'Yeah… um, that's great. But we're going to move on.'" LA-based singer-songwriter Laura Pergolizzi, aka LP, is reliving the moment that almost broke her. – Oisin Lunny, Forbes

John Legend, People’s Sexiest Man Alive? He’s surprised too

John Legend — a man who has spurred several memes for his uncanny resemblance to Arthur the aardvark — has just been crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive of 2019. And he’s as shocked as anyone. – Christi Carras, LA Times


Crime, SF’s ‘first and only rock ‘n’ Roll band,’ gets its due in documentary

Before punk was a genre, a San Francisco band called Crime was pounding out loud and aggressive high-speed rock ‘n’ roll. The unedited footage sat in cans for 40 years before it was cut into a documentary film of a concert 40 years ago has its world premiere this week. – Sam Whiting, Datebook

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Japan’s MILLENNIUM PARADE Coming to Toronto on 2024 Global Tour: See the Schedule

The band, led by Daiki Tsuneta of King Gnu, will kick off the trek on Nov. 2 in Mexico City.

MILLENNIUM PARADE is set to launch its first-ever global tour called the WHO AND HOW TOUR 2024 in November, traveling to nine cities around the world for 10 shows.

The band, led by Daiki Tsuneta of King Gnu, will kick off the trek in Mexico City, then hit Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Berlin, Paris, London, Utrecht, and Tokyo. The Tokyo shows will take place at Tokyo Garden Theater on Dec. 19 and 20. The tour will mark the first time in three years that the band performs live.

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