Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 29, 2019

The star quality of Laila Biali (pictured), Winnipeg mourns Gerry Atwell, and Canada’s Walk of Fame makes strides. Others in the headlines include Ice Cream, Jay Gilday, Warner Music, Robert Sillerman, Beck, Cyndi Lauper, J Balvin, Taylor Swift, Pete Townshend, and Dolly Parton.

Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 29, 2019

By Kerry Doole

Alessia Cara, Will Arnett help Canada’s Walk of Fame gala make strides

A hologram, a tickle truck, and a 90-year-old starchitect. Just part of the sights and sounds when I attended this year’s gala for Canada’s Walk of Fame on Saturday. Only one inductee thanked God, last I counted at the end of the night. Several more name-checked media mogul Allan Slaight. – Shinan Govani, The Star 

Interview: Toronto band Ice Cream want to break free

On their new album, FED UP, Amanda Crist and Carlyn Bezic take restrictive late capitalism and the male gaze and give them a satisfying rock release. – Michael Rancic, NOW

Ten questions with New Hermitage

The Halifax-born ambient, improvised noise maker talks splurging on popcorn at the movies and why it'll always ride hard for NoFX. – Morgan Mullin The Coast


Music community mourns loss of respected artist

The Winnipeg music community is mourning the loss of Gerry Atwell, who played keyboards and sang in a number of local acts including Juno-award winning Eagle and Hawk. The band posted a video tribute on its Facebook page on Saturday that has been viewed thousands of times. – Kevin King, Winnipeg Sun

The jazz/pop artist and CBC host has a natural star quality that is evident in every note she sings and every word she speaks. – Ric Taylor, The View

Singer-songwriter Jay Gilday takes subtler acoustic path to find his better musical self

“I've chosen to do music, but what that means to me has changed over the years,” - singer-songwriter Jay Gilday. – Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Toronto's rock and roll photo gallery Analogue Gallery turns 10

The Sterling Road gallery will celebrate with its annual Sound Image competition for emerging music photographers. – Richard Trapunski, NOW

Tapestry’s TAP:EX Augmented Opera is a compact, experimental success

Since 2014, Tapestry Opera has included in its season line-up the experimental series called TAP:EX. Short for Tapestry Explorations, the series has a goal of redefinining opera and prodding at its boundaries. Is opera still opera if it’s blended with turntables? – Jenna Simeonov, Globe and Mail 


Warner Music reports profit in Q4; Revenue up 8.2%

Warner Music Group Corp. reported fourth-quarter net income attributable to the Group of $90 million compared to a net loss of $14 million, last year. Adjusted net income was $103 million compared to $10 million. The company said the improvement was due to higher operating income, higher other income associated with a gain on the Euro-denominated debt and a tax benefit. – RTT News


 A criminal hacking case shows how easy it is to steal music

27-year-old Christian Erazo allegedly hacked into social networking and cloud accounts of music management firms to download and leak 50 gigabytes of music. – Amy Wang,  Rolling Stone

After success his entire career, Robert Sillerman's final years were marked by pain, loss and deception

Robert F.X. Sillerman became one of the most intriguing and wealthiest men in music by twice betting on his vision for the future of mass media. He made billions of dollars in two huge sales, but died in bankruptcy. He passed away in his sleep on Sunday at the age of 71. – Dave Brooks, Billboard

Beck may have lost multiple full unreleased albums in UMG fire

How does an entire Beck double album of solo Hank Williams covers sound to you? How about a pre-Odelay LP of indie rock songs? the pop-rock polymath claimed that he’s released only about 10 percent of the music he’s recorded, and he fears that much if not all of the archives were destroyed in the 2008 Universal Music Group fire. – Andy Cush, Spin


Cyndi Lauper will receive a first award of its kind from the UN 

The United Nations High Note Global Prize award recognises her consistent hard work to end homelessness among LGBT+ youth. – Lily Wakefield, Pink 

Vibras! How J Balvin took on English-language pop – and won

Balvin was a minor Colombian artist who became the fifth most streamed on the planet without using English, showing how embracing national pride can be a force for cultural good. –The Guardian

Taylor Swift is selling a new shirt inspired by old albums. Take that, Big Machine

A “Fearless” Taylor Swift just launched merchandise inspired by her back catalog, basically baiting Big Machine Label Group and Scooter Braun to “Speak Now” or forever hold their peace. – Christi Carras, LA Times

The Pop Musical: Go Big (and Loud) or Go Home

It’s time for Broadway to embrace what’s most joyous about songbook shows. Not biography, not coherence, but excess. Even “Moulin Rouge!” doesn’t quite get it right. –Elisabeth Vincentelli, NYT


Why we don't appreciate local music, and why we should

Shain Shapiro is a principal in Sound Diplomacy. Its strategic practice defined the “music cities model,” which uses music and culture in a deliberate and intentional way to deliver economic, social and cultural growth in cities and places. –Offbeat

Pete Townshend explains controversial remarks about Keith Moon and John Entwistle

The Who guitarist responded to reports on his comments about the late bandmates after he said “Thank God they’re gone,” and added that they were “fucking difficult to play with.” In the original Rolling Stone interview, Townshend said "gone," though some outlets interpreted his comment as saying he was glad they were dead. –Ultimate Classic Rock 

FAITH NO MORE returns, announces 2020 performances with more to come

The band announced a returned to the road in the summer of 2020. So far, only European festivals have been announced, and it will be the band's first appearances in Europe in five years. –Metal injection

Lucy Hale joins Ryan Seacrest to host 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2020'

Seacrest and Hale will host the show from New York City, while Billy Porter will be live at the New Orleans celebration and Ciara will return to host the Los Angeles festivities. – Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter

The mysterious enduring appeal of Dolly Parton

At 73, Parton’s been a star for half a century, and as a songwriter, singer, actor, producer and businesswoman, she’s phenomenally successful. But why she’s having another wave of popularity and her status is being celebrated right now is a mystery. – John Doyle, Globe and Mail

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The Weeknd Spotted at Kendrick Lamar's 'Pop Out' Concert in Los Angeles

Unlike former Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan, the Scarborough-born artist never got onstage, but he was in the audience of the show that featured Drake diss tracks 'Not Like Us' and 'Euphoria.'

Kendrick Lamar took over the internet last night (June. 19) with his "Pop Out" concert live-streamed on Prime Video from the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. If it wasn't clear Kendrick had won public opinion in his beef with Drake, it was when the stage united cultural figures from L.A. — from up-and-comers to legends like Dr. Dre, basketball stars like Russell Westbrook, even someone Drake name-dropped in one of his diss tracks, DJ Mustard — to dance along to the scathing "Not Like Us."

DeMar DeRozan, the beloved former Toronto Raptor who was once close enough to Drake that he spilled the beans on an upcoming mixtape joined fellow L.A.-born NBA player Westbrook onstage at the Forum during "Not Like Us."

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