Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 3, 2022


Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 3, 2022

By Kerry Doole


Musicians like me can no longer afford to tour. Live music won’t survive unless the industry changes

“Bands don’t get in the tour van because they think they’re going to get rich—but lately most of us aren’t breaking even." – Rollie Pemberton, (Cadence Weapon),Toronto Life

Blinker The Star releases breakup-fueled single ahead of new LP

The Canadian rock auteur's new album ‘Love Oblast’ will be released Nov. 10. – Jonathan Cohen, Spin

Guelph band Bonnie Trash channels goth inspiration from Italian roots

Bonnie Trash released their first album “Malocchio” on Oct. 28. – Ben Rayner,  the Star

‘I don’t pull any punches’: Hamilton keyboardist locked himself in a cottage to finish song

‘Link’ is the first release from Golden Feather’s Gareth Inkster in a few years.–  Beatriz Baleeiro, Hamilton Spectator 

How TikTok led Canadian R&B performers Shawn Desman and Jully Black to a new generation of fans

Older artists are finding new audiences on the short-form video platform. – enna Benchetrit, CBC News · 

Singer/songwriter Adam Baldwin was ready to give up, then he had a chat with Martha Wainwright

Baldwin is touring and has released a rivetingly heartfelt new solo album, Concertos & Serenades. – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star


Sirius XM has dropped CBC Radio 3

The Canadian indie music scene is not happy about the move. – Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

Sadies visit to Prince Rupert is both cathartic and raw for band members

Music is a healing drug says Travis Good, frontman of the Canadian rock band The Sadies. The group is continuing after the sudden death of his brother and bandmate Dallas Good from a coronary illness in February. – K-J MILLAR, Northern View

Sloan’s Jay Ferguson on the key to band harmony and longevity

Toronto band Sloan are marking 30 years together with the release of their 13th album “Steady.”  – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star

After a summer return of live music, Hamilton artists thank the venues that 'stuck around'

Musicians reflect on the pandemic's impact on the industry. – Juan Jose Zambrano Camargo,  CBC News


Universal generated nearly $1B from subscription streaming in Q3, Overall revenues grew 13.3% YOY

Over the summer, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square predicted that UMG “can grow revenues at an annual rate of 10% or so for more than a decade”. Right now, Universal is meeting that challenge. UMG published its financial results for the three months to end of September on Oct. 27. The company posted Q3 revenues of EUR €2.664 billion (USD $2.68bn) across all of its divisions (including recorded music, publishing and more). – MBW

Sony generated $2.15BN from recorded music and publishing in Calendar Q3 - up 16.4%

Beyoncé's Renaissance was Sony Music's biggest-selling recorded music project in calendar Q3 2022. Sony’s global music rights operation – across recorded music and music publishing – generated USD $2.152 billion in the three months to end of September 2022. – Tim Ingham, MBW


Grainge on the dilution of the majors' music being streamed, Tiktok's future, and more

Speaking to analysts on Universal Music Group‘s earnings call last week, UMG Chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge pointed out that the publicly-traded firm achieved a significant milestone in Q3. – MBW

Why Spotify and Apple Music haven't pulled Kanye West's songs

Industry analysts say the decision to take down Ye's music is complicated by several factors, including contract requirements streamers may have with record labels and publishers. – Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times

Apple Music quietly pulls Kanye West Essentials Playlist from platform 

While West’s discography remains intact, a search for the platform-generated playlist — which features a comprehensive, career-spanning collection of an artist’s music — garners no results beyond a blank loading screen. – Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone

Need more news from the Kayne dumpster fire? Here you go

Kanye continues to make life difficult for himself. Here’s the latest. – Alan Cross, Journal of Musical Things

Taylor Swift broke 73 records with release of new album Midnights

Swift is the first artist to have five albums debut with over 1 million units sold, and she hold the records for biggest vinyl sales week in history. – CoS

Taylor Swift becomes first musician to claim entire Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100

Singer has surpassed Drake, who had held the previous record with nine of the top songs for a week last year. – AP


Road weary: Why some country acts are rethinking touring as costs, competition balloon

In a genre in which artists "overplay at every level," many are cutting back or skipping entire markets -- like all of Canada -- in order to trim costs. – Tom Roland, Billboard

This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: David Leaf, writer, director, and producer.

This is the story of David Leaf. It is also a story of Brian Wilson. Los Angeles-based Leaf–a Peabody and WGAW award-winner–has spent almost five decades being around the legendary Beach Boys’ master tunesmith, writing about Brian and his music, thinking about Brian, talking about Brian, and telling us the inside story of Brian’s extraordinary life, and times. – Larry LeBlanc, Celebrity Access

The 25 Best Indie Pop Albums of the ’90s

While alternative rock raged in the 1990s, the softhearted sound of bands like Heavenly, Tiger Trap, and the Pastels welcomed listeners into their own secret world. – Pitchfork


In his new book, Dylan is an unexpected music critic, and a master gaslighter

In 'The Philosophy of Modern Song,' rock's greatest songwriter has more than just tunes on his mind. – David Browne, Rolling Stone

Move over Beethoven: It’s time for new influencers in the classical canon

Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Chopin. When you think of the musical canon, these are names that usually come to mind. The works created by these composers form an educational base that tends to inform listening habits and programming choices and influence how classical music is perceived, received, performed and presented. It is time for new blood. – Catherine Kustanczy, Globe and Mail

Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter to be celebrated with statue in Fitzroy

A sculpture honouring the late First Nations musicians will be unveiled next year on the streets they knew so well, with support from Victorian government. –The Guardian

Archie Roach to receive a state funeral from Dan Andrews Government

Music legend Archie Roach will be farewelled by the State of Victoria with a state funeral planned for 15 December. – Noise11

Taylor Swift becomes first musician to claim entire Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100

Singer has surpassed Drake, who had held the previous record with nine of the top songs for a week last year. – AP

Dolly Parton announces she’s done with touring

"It takes so much time and energy," laments the country music legend. – Whiskey Riff

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Canadian Country Music Association Awards 2024 Nominations: Jade Eagleson, Mackenzie Porter Lead The Pack

The two platinum-selling singer/songwriters have scored six nominations each for the CCMA Awards, with The Reklaws and Josh Ross hot on their heels. The biggest night in Canadian country takes place on Sept. 14 at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Today (July 18), the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced the official nominees for the 2024 CCMA Awards. Topping the list of contenders with six nods apiece are Jade Eagleson and MacKenzie Porter, the latter of whom will co-host the awards show alongside American country star Thomas Rhett.

Hot on their heels with five nominations apiece are The Reklaws and Josh Ross, while High Valley, Owen Riegling and Dallas Smith are each cited in four categories. Other notable Canadian artists making the list include Dean Brody, Steven Lee Olsen, James Barker Band, Brett Kissel, Tenille Townes and Lindsay Ell.

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