Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 28, 2018

Montreal's famed Archambault sign needs a new home, Shawn Mendes makes the cover of Rolling Stone (pictured), and Drake opens a new store and boosts a Toronto gym. Also in the headlines are Madonna, Stiff Little Fingers, Craig Cardiff, Spotify, Anderson. Paak, Pro Coro, 50 Cent, Ted Joseph, Mick Jagger, Canadian Brass, Diddy, Bring Me The Horizon, Aretha, Chris Brown, Rihanna, and The National.

Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 28, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Malvern rec centre gets fresh look with assist from Raptors, Drake

The Toronto gym is one of four projects sponsored by The Raptors and Drake's OVO.  – Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

Iconic 90-year-old Archambault sign in downtown Montreal removed

City in talks to find a new home for the music store's neon sign, building owner Québecor says it never wanted sign gone. – Colin Harris, CBC News 

Madonna buys work from Montreal ‘vandal’ artist, shows it off on Instagram

The Montreal street artist MissMe has sold one of her works, a self-portrait from her series “Portrait of a Vandal,” to Madonna. It is a six-foot-high canvas, which depicts the artist in her trademark Mickey Mouse-eared balaclava, lifting her shirt to expose her naked body. – JP Angers, CP


'Ageless, ceaselessly moving wonder': Stiff Little Fingers rocks the Starlite Room

The Belfast, Northern Ireland legends easily turned a sold out venue  into a sweaty, moving mass of people grooving to their ’77 style punk/reggae rock stylings.  – Tom Murray, Calgary Herald

Local music industry players sound off on streaming woes

Singer-songwriter Danny Michel struck a nerve last week with a piece about plummeting income. Arnprior-based Craig Cardiff says he's built a large following on the streaming platform Spotify. – CBC News Ottawa

Now you don’t have to go all the way to Toronto to get clothes from the famous homegrown rapper’s clothing and lifestyle brand. – Ashley Newport, Insauga

Return to the era of rule-making

Amidst calls for regulation and enforcement, governments worldwide are reforming their copyright legislation to address the growing impact of digital-based services like Spotify and internet platforms like YouTube. – Debora Spar, Hill Times

Review: Anderson .Paak breaks out of his comfortable groove on Oxnard

The album is less cohesive and introspective than his modern day classic Malibu, but it's still a freewheeling and occasionally exhilarating ride. – Del F. Cowie, NOW

Review: Pro Coro choir pushes the cutting edge of new music

Of all of Edmonton’s larger-scale performing groups, it is Pro Coro, the city's premiere choir, who is most likely to give audiences a glimpse into what is happening globally in contemporary classical music. – Mark Morris, Edmonton Journal

This week in petty: 50 Cent bought 200 Ja Rule concert tickets in order to leave the show sad and empty

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Vuuzle Media Corp. hires music industry legend Ted Joseph to unfold its secret technology

Ted Joseph, as the new C.E.O of Vuuzle, will set up marketing and distribution, unleashing the secret technology and its 2-way streaming platform in tandem with its live streaming application early in 2019. – Markets Insider

Spotify is securing rights to booming Indian music market

Spotify plans to rely heavily on its free tier to lure new customers and then convert them to paid subscriptions, a strategy that has worked in other markets. Now it is India's turn. – Live Mint

Kanye, Grammys, Timberlake, more musical moments that haven’t lived up to hype

Not every major musical moment of 2018 has hit its mark. Here are some of the bigger misses. – Maeve McDermott, USA Today

Talent and touring

Mick Jagger on new Stones tour, Aretha, acting and Grammys

Mick Jagger likes a buzz. A natural buzz. The Rolling Stones frontman, who will tour America next spring with his iconic band, says live shows give him a rush that can’t be matched and is the reason that at 75, he still loves touring. – Mesfin Fekadu, AP 

Brassed off: Morristown's Mayo PAC hosts Canadian Brass musicians

The Intelligence and Security Committee, which investigated five terror attacks that took place in 2017, said there were problems with the handling of the case of 22-year-old suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017. – AP


Diddy shares heartfelt message about late ex-girlfriend Kim Porter on day of her funeral

On the day of her funeral, Kim Porter was remembered by former boyfriend Diddy on Twitter. The rapper tweeted a heartfelt message about the late model, actress and mother of three of his children on Saturday. – Sara Moniuszko USA Today

Bring Me the Horizon review – boyband headbangers help vent teenage angst

Ahead of their forthcoming sixth album, the Sheffield pop-metal band provide catharsis but stop short of being true spokesmen for a troubled generation. –  Dave Simpson, The Guardian

Aretha Franklin's Detroit mansion sells for $300,000

The 1927 home is one of several belonging to the soul singer, who died in August. – Amy Walker, The Guardian

Chris Brown comments on Rihanna Instagram posts draw reaction from her fans

Her ex-boyfriend, convicted of assaulting her in 2009,  Brown commented on two sexy Instagram photos she posted. –  Frank Lovce, Newsday

Minimum Gauge: Indie rock giants The National continue their mission to become Thanksgiving music icons with their new song 

Compared to the holidays that bookend it — Halloween and Christmas — Thanksgiving doesn’t seem to generate much song material, but The National are an exception.  – City Beat

WWE Superstar’s new song hits a milestone on Spotify

R-Truth's expansion into the world of music has been well documented, and it appears to be paying off. WWE has announced that Truth’s new single ‘That’z Endurance’ has hit 100,000 streams on Spotify and continues to grow. – Wrestle Zone

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

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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