Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 19, 2018

Gordon Lightfoot turns 80, a look inside CBC's music vault, and candid confessions from Shania (pictured). Also in the headlines are the Sask Music Awards, an Ottawa tornado benefit, Rick Worrall, Echlo, David Jay, Arkells, YouTube, T-series, meta-trends, Elton John, The Kinks. Mighty Sparrow, Elvis Costello, Mumford and Sons, and Paul Kelly.

Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 19, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Inside CBC's legendary music vault

We got a tour of the archives ahead of the debut of From The Vaults, the new show that dusts off rare and historic musical performances.  – Richard Trapunski, NOW

Tornado relief benefit concert in Ottawa raises $55,000

A cheque for $55,678 was handed over to the United Way on Thursday following a benefit concert for tornado victims at TD Place. Michael Allen, the President of the United Way, says the money is already being distributed to those affected. –  CTV News

'I peed myself': Shania Twain once accidentally urinated during performance

The star's TV confessions also include being locked out in a Rome hotel corridor while naked. – Toronto Sun

10 things you need to know about Gordon Lightfoot on his 80th birthday

He’s one of Canada’s greatest songwriters, a legendary storyteller whose taken inspiration from some of the unlikeliest places, and whose iconic tracks are considered foundational to the country’s musical canon. Lightfoot turned 80 on Nov. 17. –  Andrea Warner, CBC Music


First-ever Sask. Music Awards are a chance to celebrate a thriving music community

“I don’t know why it hasn’t happened before, but I think it’s a really wonderful time to jump headlong into it.”  – Ashley Martin, Regina Leader-Post

Former Calgarian pays tribute to John Denver with symphony show

Rick Worrall was still a teenager when he saw John Denver perform his melodic, soft-folk tunes backed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. – Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald

How a research lab is taking lessons from music

What lessons does a string quartet hold for a mother who is suffering from postpartum depression? How could the movements of a dancer help improve those of a Parkinson’s patient? The LIVELab at McMaster University has been researching questions such as these and coming up with some intriguing answers. -– Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail

Toronto singer Chloe Charles boldly reinvents herself as ECHLO

Echolocation, the R&B/soul artist's first album under her new name, unleashes the full range of her voice and style. –  Chaka Grier, NOW

A Toronto jury didn’t see this gang leader rap his ‘goons shoot when I say so.’

Now they’ll decide whether Jermaine Dunkley ordered the murder of Neeko Mitchell in Rexdale. –  Betsy Powell, Toronto Star

Meet the final 10 Future 40 winners of 2018

CBC is celebrating 40 people under age 40 who are making Saskatchewan's future brighter.  – CBC


Friends and fans of Powerclown's Dan Scumm urged to write to him in Japanese prison where he's down in the dumps

Jailed for drug smuggling, the punk rock veteran is allowed to receive letters at the Yokohama jail.  – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

David Jay loops his way to classical sounds with a metal attitude

“People are always asking me if I use presets but when I play live everything starts at zero, and I build it all up from zero, live, so there's nothing pre-recorded or preset or anything." – David Jay.  Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Arkells channel righteous punk on 'Hand Me Downs

Returning to Europe this month, Arkells will hit the UK for a series of blistering live shows, and in a way it returns them to their spiritual home. New track 'Hand Me Downs' owes a debt to this country's lineage of righteous, politically motivated punk artists. –  Robin Murray, Clash


Who’s telling the truth?:  YouTube or the music industry? We’re about to find out

YouTube says that Article 13, a controversial clause in a new European law, will destroy its platform. The music industry says this is a smokescreen. Who’s right?  – Tim Ingham, Rolling Stone

How a Bollywood music label conquered YouTube

Although not widely known in the United States, T-Series, an Indian music label and film production company, has the most-watched YouTube channel in the world. Its videos have been seen 53 billion times. – Andrew R. Chow,  NY Times

The meta-trends that will shape 2019

MIDiA has just published its annual predictions report. Here are a few highlights, including the politicisation of brands.  – Mark Mulligan, musicindustryblog 


Iconic guitar builder loses his home and workshop to flames in Paradise

Among the homes lost to the still raging Camp Fire was that of legendary guitar builder Wayne Charvel who produced guitars for Van Halen, ZZ Top, and Deep Purple.  – Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics

Talent and touring

John Lewis’ Christmas ad is a lovely ode to Elton John’s career, and how it all began

The holiday angle isn't obvious at first, but it's worth the wait. –  David Griner,  Ad Week

The Kinks discuss their masterpiece about societal decline

In 1968 the band released “The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society,” a record that wasn’t well received at the time but has come to be regarded as a masterpiece.  – Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle


Calypso king Mighty Sparrow on freedom, Windrush, and oral sex

He inspired Bob Marley’s political awakening, survived a coma, and has sung about everything from sex workers to Khrushchev. And at 83, the calypso great still wants to turn the news into song.  – Vivien Goldman, The Guardian

Elvis Costello makes a worthy return to Chicago in fast-paced Vic show

After a recent health scare, he is back on the road and pleasing fans.  – Jeff Elbel, Chicago Sun-Times

Mumford and Sons on Jordan Peterson, the Grenfell tragedy and being hated

They’re a band that the British public love to sneer at, but they say it has long stopped bothering them. And, anyway, they have bigger fish to fry. –  Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian

Luminate Data Market Watch Facts & Figures: Week Ending June 13, 2024

Luminate Data Market Watch Facts & Figures: Week Ending June 13, 2024

Here is this week's Luminate Data Market Watch report which features Canadian music stats for the current week and year-to-date comparisons to last year.

Here is this week's Luminate Data Market Watch report which features Canadian music stats for the current week and YTD with comparisons to last year. This chart is published every Tuesday. The abbreviation "TEA" is a term used to describe the sale of music downloads or singles. A track equivalent album is equal to 10 tracks, or 10 songs.