Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 8, 2019

In the news today, the genre-jumping sounds of Lemon Bucket Orkestra (pictured), Paper Beat Scissors and the best Canadian songs of the decade. Others in the headlines include Stephen Fearing, Indigo Rose, SSO, StubHub, Michael Stipe, Dr Dre, Dolly, BTS, My Chemical Romance, and Garth and Trisha.

Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 8, 2019

By Kerry Doole

'We don't put limits on what we can or can't do': Lemon Bucket Orkestra aims to bridge gaps, buck trends

When Mark Marczyk moved to Lviv, Ukraine in 2006 he discovered his true passion: the tango. Wait, what? Are we talking about the founder of Toronto’s self-described “Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super Band” the Lemon Bucket Orkestra? Why yes, yes we are. – Tom Murray, Edmonton Journal

Finding the right flavour, right here

Winnipeg is a central figure in Stephen Fearing’s newest album — although listeners will be hard-pressed to find nods to local landmarks or winks to famous figures in the lyrics. Instead, Winnipeg acts like a relief drawing, where the hard lines of the real city fall away to reveal the idea of an isolated place in the middle of a sprawling prairie. – Eva Wasney, Winnipeg Free Press


Exclaim!'s 50 Best Canadian Songs of the 2010s

With the takeover of streaming platforms and playlists, not to mention the shrinking of our collective attention spans, a single track has never held more power than it does now. From PUP to Drake to Alessia Cara, here are the best of the best.  – Staff

Paper Beat Scissors shakes again 

Tim Crabtree's chamber-folk project continues to strike a chord as it returns to Halifax. – Morgan Mullin, The Coast

Calgary newcomer Indigo Rose to showcase silky R&B with Femme Wave set

Indigo Rose took a fairly broad, universal approach when it came to the major theme of her debut EP, Indiglo. Over six soulful R&B numbers, the Calgary-based singer-songwriter goes on a journey from “darkness to light.” – Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald

Saskatunes: SSO, U of S redefining an evolving classical music genre

As SSO director Eric Paetkau puts it, classical music can be "high art" without being "high class" — and open to all audiences in Saskatoon. – Matt Olson, Star-Phoenix

Regina's musicality thrills new RSO concertmaster

“Regina has a really amazing reputation as a musical city in classical music circles.” – Joe Couture,  Leader Post


StubHub adds dynamic ticket pricing

Secondary ticketing marketplace StubHub has announced a slate of new features, including dynamic ticket pricing, which allows ticket listings to automatically adjust the price to match similar tickets on the market, allowing users to avoid being undercut and eliminating the need to constantly manually adjust prices. – Celebrity Access


Global music collections hit €8.5B after five straight years of growth

Collections rose 1.8% to hit a new record of €8.5 billion in 2018, marking the sector’s fifth consecutive of growth. That’s according to CISAC’s Global Collections Report 2019 which, published November 7, reveals that music collections have risen 26.8% over the last five years and accounted for 88% of total collections (alongside Audiovisual, Literary, Dramatic & Visual Arts collections) in 2018. – Murray Stassen, MBW

StubHub's Sukhinder Singh Cassidy argues for greater transparency in ticketing at Billboard Live Music Summit

At the Billboard Live Music Summit on Nov. 6, StubHub president Sukhinder Singh Cassidy called for more transparency in primary ticketing in order to alleviate fan frustration with ticket pricing and demand. – Taylor Mims, Billboard

Michael Stipe on working while he sleeps and savoring mistakes

The artist and R.E.M. frontman discusses his new photography book, “Our Interference Times,” and his unusual daily routine. – Jameson Fitzpatrick, NY Times

Dr Dre's 20 best productions – ranked!

As the Grammys announces it will honour the producer at its 2020 ceremony, here’s a look at his journey from gangsta rap pioneer to Beats billionaire. –  

Dolly Parton’s new Netflix series Heartstrings gets new trailer

The anthology series based on Parton’s songs will also feature her music. – Pitchfork

Seoul police investigating BTS member over traffic accident

Police said Monday they’re investigating a member of K-pop superstar group BTS over a traffic accident left him and a taxi driver with minor injuries. BTS’ agency, Big Hit Entertainment, said 22-year-old Jungkook admitted that he caused the accident by violating traffic laws and reached a settlement with the driver. – Hyung-Jin Kim, AP


The people of Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

Last weekend, thousands of people ping-ponged from stage to stage inside the cavernous La Grande Halle de la Villette during Pitchfork’s annual festival in Paris. We , we spoke to and took pictures of a handful of attendees, who were gracious enough to tell us about their Paris fest experiences. – Pitchfork

Garth and Trisha build 21 homes in Nashville

–  Chris Parton, Sounds Lke Nashvlle


China refused to let these Korean musicians from the US visit. Their orchestra is postponing the tour. But should it?

Music and morality are nearly neighbours in the dictionary but they are not synonyms, as events just over a week ago at Rochester New York’s famous Eastman School of Music were to demonstrate. – William Littler, the Star

My Chemical Romance reunites, announces shows Down Under

The US rock band recently reformed, and will play Australia, NZ and Japan next March. – Celebrity Access

Billboard Japan


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Japan’s MILLENNIUM PARADE Coming to Toronto on 2024 Global Tour: See the Schedule

The band, led by Daiki Tsuneta of King Gnu, will kick off the trek on Nov. 2 in Mexico City.

MILLENNIUM PARADE is set to launch its first-ever global tour called the WHO AND HOW TOUR 2024 in November, traveling to nine cities around the world for 10 shows.

The band, led by Daiki Tsuneta of King Gnu, will kick off the trek in Mexico City, then hit Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Berlin, Paris, London, Utrecht, and Tokyo. The Tokyo shows will take place at Tokyo Garden Theater on Dec. 19 and 20. The tour will mark the first time in three years that the band performs live.

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