Music Biz Headlines, Oct. 4, 2019

Master luthier Linda Manzer (pictured) discusses her craft, Nickelback at odds with Trump, and a slump in streaming stocks. Others in the headlines include Leeroy Stagger, Jessye Norman, Nuit Blanche, ASM Global, Sony, Morrissey, Ted Templeman, Nick Cave, and Plácido Domingo.

Music Biz Headlines, Oct. 4, 2019

By Kerry Doole

How Toronto’s master guitar maker brings a new instrument to life — and why she worries

Linda Manzer, the world-renowned guitar maker, or luthier, who spent more than a year crafting the musician’s latest treasure, nervously hovers over Stephen Fearing's shoulder as he lifts the instrument from its case and gingerly inspects it.  – Nick Krewen,Toronto Star

Leeroy Stagger to bring edgier new sound to the Capital Ballroom

The award-winning roots artist will highlight new album, Strange Path, at an Oct. 20 show. Always a dynamic, high-energy musician, Stagger has grown into a wise, even more powerful singer-songwriter. – Monday Mag

Donald Trump turns to no less than hometown heroes Nickelback while dragging Joe Biden through Crazytown

At a certain point, one has to stop trying to make sense of things and just embrace the insanity. We give you today's news that Trump has decided to take a potshot at Democratic Presidential hopeful Joe Biden by posting an old meme featuring no less than Vancouver's own Nickelback. – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight


Trump's video taken off Twitter after band Nickelback complains

US president receives copyright censure over a clip that aimed at political rival Joe Biden. –  Alex Hern, The Guardian 

Nuit Blanche 2019: 10 events for music lovers

Charlotte Day Wilson, Sean Leon, Fiver, and Daniel Lanois are among the musicians performing or contributing to works at this year's free all-night art festival. – NOW

Intimate setting for debut repertory concert

A new association is bringing music out of the concert hall and into more intimate surroundings. The debut event for the newly formed Nebula Repertory Ensemble Association is a house concert in a Mount Royal home with Boston Steinway grand piano.  – Calgary Herald 

Nick Cave hosts an intimate, extraordinary 'Evening of Talk and Music’ in Toronto

Although his current series of solo-piano-and-Q&A concerts is called the Conversations with Nick Cave: An Evening of Talk and Music, his appearance here was more about commiseration – a gothic rocker turned grief counsellor – than questions and answers. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail.



Digital Music Market 2019 global analysis, opportunities and forecast to 2024

According to the fresh addition to the comprehensive online gallery of reports hosted by Wise Guy Reports (WGR), the Global Digital Music Market has recorded unprecedented growth so far with an expectation of further rise by the end of the forecast period. The digital music industry is the new hype and is growing larger with increasing support from consumers. – EINPresswire


Streaming stocks like Spotify, Tencent, and Netflix are getting slammed. Why? 

Fresh competition and slowing subscriber growth have knocked more than $53 billion of dollars off streaming companies’ market values. Streaming companies might not be dying from a thousand cuts, but each tiny wound isn’t helping Wall Street’s opinion of them. – Glenn Peoples, Billboard

AEG Facilities & SMG finalize merger to form ASM Global

AEG Facilities and SMG announced Tuesday the completion of their long-planned merger, creating a new standalone venue management mega-company called ASM Global. ASM’s sprawling portfolio includes 310 venues, notably the U.K.’s Manchester Arena and Chicago’s Soldier Field, as well as numerous convention centers and performing arts venues in North and South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. –  Marc Schneider, Billboard

Sony: A strong buy as it resists third point break-up plans

The stock price of Sony has shown great strength this year. This looks set to continue, and it has strong growth areas in Gaming, Music, and Semiconductors. – Nick Cox, Seeking Alpha

Morrissey kicks out protestors from gig: “Get out! We don’t need you”

Morrissey ejected two protesters from his show in Portland, Oregon, recently  (September 30), after the audience members hit out at his recent support of the For Britain party. – Tom Skinner, NME


Ted Templeman explains how Van Morrison taught him to produce records

As Morrison, 74, hits the road on tour behind his latest, Three Chords And The Truth, Templeman shares his memories from his intimidating but ultimately triumphant first co-production -- along with the duo's subsequent two albums -- where, Templeman says, "Van Morrison taught me how to produce records." – Katherine Turman, Billboard

Black Music, American Music: From the slave ship to the world

"Whether it's called rock, soul, funk, blues, salsa, gos­pel, jazz, or reggae, it's all about the same thing. Black mu­sic." – Pablo Guzman, Village Voice

Appreciation: Why Jessye Norman was more than a great voice. Much more

That’s saying a lot, because Norman, who died Monday at age 74, had a voice that, in her prime, filled any room or arena with a glorious sound capable of taking over your psyche. She had a presence that could hypnotize an audience. – Mark Swed, LA Times


Beyonce, Adele featured on upcoming OneRepublic song: Ryan Tedder

The band’s frontman Ryan Tedder delighted fans with the surprise announcement before his recent appearance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York, when he was asked if he could give away any “secrets” about their forthcoming album, Human. – WENN

Plácido Domingo resigns from L.A. Opera ‘with a heavy heart’ amid harassment inquiry

Domingo, the 78-year-old opera legend who has watched the legacy of his six-decade career darkened by allegations of sexual harassment, announced Wednesday that he is resigning as general director of Los Angeles Opera and withdrawing from future performances. – Jessica Gelt, LA Times

Eminem 'Houdini' music video

Eminem 'Houdini' music video


Eminem's 'Houdini' Is This Week's Hottest New Radio Track in Canada

Also making waves on radio this week: Bob Marley grandson King Cruff's "Proppa Ghanda" team-up with Montreal production duo Banx & Ranx, Julian Taylor's "Running Away" and Victoria, B.C. indie group The Bankes Brothers' "Walkin'."

The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into three categories. Top Downloads and Top Canadian Downloads represent the most copied tracks in the week ending June 7. Most Active Indies blends downloads and streams, with the affiliated label and radio promotions company in parentheses.

Top Downloads

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