Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 22, 2019

Stars (pictured) gets theatrical, Leonard Cohen's swansong, and the grief of Dallas Green. Others in the headlines include Whipped Cream, Arthur Fogel, Chilly Gonzales, Lyor Cohen, ASAP Rocky, Taylor Swift, Audiam, Lil Nas X, eOne, Amazon Music HD, Black Crowes, Ja Rule, and Phil Lynott.

Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 22, 2019

By FYI Staff

Indie rockers Stars get dramatic in new play/concert hybrid

Nearing their 20-year anniversary, the Montreal-based band has found a way to tell their story, including details even long-time fans may not know. – Tabassum Siddiqui, NOW

For Dallas Green’s City and Colour, a triumphant tour is also a reminder of a terrible loss

All the success in the world will never compensate for the sudden loss of a friend. So while this fall has witnessed a most triumphant return to action for Dallas Green and City and Colour, that triumph has been undercut by the unexpected passing of longtime producer, engineer and all-around band best bud Karl “Horse” Bareham in late September. – Ben Rayner, The Star

Canadian producer Whipped Cream rises to the top

Whipped Cream's Lil Xan collab "Told Ya" marks the producer's signing with Big Beat Records. After a big year -- including major festivals  --  Whipped Cream has her sights on a breakout 2020. – Dylan Owens,  Billboard


Pianist Chilly Gonzales on 'the respect of other musicians'

Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales knows the music business inside and out. He releases music on his own label,and has collaborated with musicians such as Feist and Mocky. – Deutsche Welle

Leonard Cohen keeps his word with posthumous album

Today, his clever and colourful posthumous LP Thanks for the Dance is released. It’s a final farewell, with no future studio albums likely to come, despite Cohen’s last-days hope for more collaborations with his producer-musician son. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

The cantor who collaborated with Leonard Cohen

Cohen’s father and great grandfather both served as president of the Orthodox synagogue which Zelermyer affectionately refers to as “The Shaar.” – Howard Blas, Jerusalem Post  

Eleanor Collins, Canada's first lady of jazz, turns 100

History-making TV host and entertainer says she still wants to 'give it all I've got.' – Roshini Nair, CBC News 

Live Nation’s Arthur Fogel on U2, David Bowie and the Australian touring landscape

Arthur Fogel is the biggest player in live music who doesn’t sing, dance or strum a guitar. The Canadian-born impresario has been characterised by Bono as “clearly the most important guy in live music.” Madonna called him a promoting “genius.” All with good reason. – Lars Brandle, The Industry Observer



YouTube’s Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen calls out the record industry’s obsession with data.

Speaking on stage November 19 in New York at a YouTube Music event celebrating 45 years of Hip Hop, the veteran record exec suggested that “the industry is so focused on the data that it’s a problem”. – Murray Stassen, MBW

Rapper ASAP Rocky becomes an unlikely star of impeachment inquiry

ASAP Rocky has entered U.S. history as more than just a rapper: His name keeps appearing during testimony related to the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump. – Christie D,  LA Times

Taylor Swift vs. Scooter Braun and the imminent rerecording war

If the Swift/Big Machine controversy was the result of fear over how her performance would be commercially exploited in the distribution market, this points to a developing issue for the future relationship between artists and record labels that will not simply end with the AMAs. It's one that is born of technological shifts as much as egos. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter

15% of Audiam's $120M in collections over the past four years comes from recovered royalties

US-based digital rights agency Audiam has confirmed that it collected over $120 million for its clients over the past four years. – Murray Stassen, MBW

Lil Nas X among those honored with 2019 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award

The hit rapper is cited in the Performing Arts category. – Celebrity Access

Teenagers run the music industry. Here’s why.

The youth of today understand how to exploit semi-ironic, non-committal attitudes common on the Internet. This is most easily exemplified by 20-year-old rapper Lil Nas X, who in the span of a year turned himself from a tweetdecker into a global sensation. – Varsity


How glossy Christmas adverts changed the music industry

In an era of shrinking revenues, musicians have pivoted to writing songs for adverts, blurring the distinction between brand and art. – Emily Bootle, New Statesman

Hasbro's $4B buyout of eOne could be blocked by UK antitrust authority

The deal was due to be one of the most significant buyouts in entertainment rights, including music, this year. – Tim Ingham, MBW

Amazon is blitzing its Music HD service with a major advertising campaign — starting with the Beatles

Amazon Music has revealed its first TV ad for its new Amazon Music HD service. The ad also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Abbey Road. – Ashley King, Digital Music News


Ja Rule cleared of wrongdoing over Fyre festival disaster

Plaintiffs were unable to prove rapper’s social media promotion led to ticket purchases, judge says. –  Andre Wheeler, Guardian

How a wearable translates music for deaf audiences

Accessible technology can open new doors for its users. The key is to work with them to understand what they need. – Brian Nordli, Builtin

Black Crowes at The Troubadour

That’s rock and roll. You know it when you see it, when you feel it, when you hear it. Now I know why Chris Robinson gets all the girls. In regular life, he’s just a skinny, geeky guy. But when the music start – Bob Lefsetz, Celebrity Access

'From Abba to Zappa': Michael Putland's shots of rock royalty – in picture

Putland, who died this week aged 72, was said to have snapped every major musical star from A-Z. His new book The Music I Saw pairs images of the many stars he captured over his 50-year career – including the Rolling Stones, the Cure and Donna Summer – with his memories of this heady era of music history. –The Guardian

Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott’s to be honoured with commemorative coin

Marking 70 years since the musician's birth, a  coin commemorating frontman Phil Lynott is being launched by Ireland’s Central Bank. He is to be remembered with the issuing of 3,000 special coins at a face value of €15. – Charlotte Krol, NME

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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

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Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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