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Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 9, 2023

Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 9, 2023

By Kerry Doole

Ron Hynes changed how Newfoundlanders saw themselves. Now a new tribute album honours ‘our greatest songwriter’

Ron Hynes  devoted himself to creating ballads that connected a secret nation to its pre-Confederation past. “He was our greatest songwriter,” says Rick Mercer, the television personality and native Newfoundlander. “And we pay a lot of attention to songwriters in this neck of the woods.” – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail


Joni Mitchell turns 80: Celebrating the iconic singer-songwriter's chart history

From 1970s classics to '80s synth experiments, '90s samples to an unexpected 2020s comeback, Joni Mitchell has had a fascinating journey on the Billboard charts. – Rosie Long Decter, Billboard Canada 

Ageless, passionate Paul Anka delivers a spectacle — and a lot more

Looking tanned, fit and a decade or two younger than his 82 years, the Ottawa-born Anka sounded amazing in a Niagara Falls show with a few unexpected turns. – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star

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At Roy Thomson Hall, Audra McDonald shows why she’s a six-time Tony winner

McDonald can do novelty songs, belt, hold her own in duets, croon and hit stratospheric high notes. And she can make an entire concert hall tear up. – Glenn Sumi, Toronto Star 

'Very duped': Indigenous musicians upset over Buffy Sainte-Marie ancestry revelations

Indigenous artists react to the explosive Sainte-Marie report. –  Kelly Geraldine Malone, CP 

'SNL' sets Jason Momoa as host with Tate McRae as musical guest

Jason Momoa will host the Nov. 18 episode of 'Saturday Night Live,' with rising Canadian star Tate McRae as the musical guest. – Variety

As a teenager, I worshipped Leonard Cohen. As an adult, I followed in his footsteps to his favourite Greek island hideaway

Hydra has long been muse to a steady stream of creative types, including the legendary singer-songwriter who lived there in the ’60s. –  Diana Ballon, Toronto Star

'I would die for Taylor Swift': Swifties rejoice over upcoming Vancouver tour dates

Lyndsey Evans freely admits she would pack her bags and follow Taylor Swift around the world if she could. – Ashley Joannou, CP 

How Canadian rock star Geddy Lee of Rush became an unlikely archivist of America’s pastime

There are items in his collection worth well over $100,000. They are signed by U.S. presidents and baseball Hall of Famers; they have been thrown in no-hitters and hit for milestone home runs. – Chad Jennings The Athletic

McGill University says tuition hikes could jeopardize its music school

Cuts could also affect varsity teams, jobs. – Thomas MacDonald, CP

Just announced: Sam Barber, Feist, Northern Lights, somebody named Taylor, and more

Looking at this week’s show announcements, we have one question: is that the woman from the “Shake It Off” song?  – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

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Writers on Track featuring Tyler Shaw

Tyler Shaw is a multi-platinum-selling artist, songwriter, music producer, and is a self-published songwriter at CMRRA under Aisle 13 Inc. – CMRRA

International

Most tracks on Spotify won’t earn a royalty under new scheme

Only 0.5% of the royalty pool will be impacted, however, reflecting the large number of tracks that receive few streams. – Glenn Peoples, Billboard

Did Anthropic reveal its strategy for Universal's landmark music copyright lawsuit?

We won’t know that outcome for some time yet, but details published within a filing from Anthropic with the US Copyright Office last week could be an early indicator of the stance the AI firm is planning to take in its copyright battle with the publishers. – Murray Stassen, MBW

Global music industry value hit $41.5 billion during 2022

Excluding live events, the Global music industry value hit $41.5 billion during 2022, according to a newly released analysis. – Digital Music News

Tom Morello, Ice-T usher Rage Against the Machine into the Rock Hall

"When protest music is done right, you can hear a new world emerging in the songs," Morello said in the band's acceptance speech. – Jon Blistein,  Rolling Stone

"Absolutely incredible biblical celestial heartbreaking and heartwarming": Liam Gallagher gushes over 'final' Beatles song

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is a big, big fan of the last ever song the world will hear from The Beatles.  –  Paul Brannigan, Loudersound

Kendrick Lamar plans to bring major concerts to Africa through new Global Citizen initiative

Rapper Kendrick Lamar will headline Move Afrika: A Global Citizen Experience, a new initiative to establish an international touring circuit on the continent of Africa launching with a concert in Kigali, Rwanda on Dec. 6.  – AP

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Johnny Marr calls Billie Eilish “a modern-day version” of The Cure

“I can imagine being really into her records when I was 16 or 17."  – Alex Rigotti, NME

After his accident, Ted Kulczycky had one goal: recover enough to see Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense

The film was an instant classic upon its release and is seen as a master class on how to shoot and edit a live performance.  – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

Music Review: Cat Power replicates Bob Dylan's infamous 1966 electric concert, without the boos

“Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert" is a faithful song-by-song recreation, without the boos, of Bob Dylan 's infamous concert — from the tour where he played electric guitar for the first time.  – Scott Bauer, AP 

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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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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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