Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 18, 2019

Carly Rae Jepsen (pictured) charms in Toronto, Tegan and Sara return to their teen years, and Arcade Fre's Funeral turns 15. Also in the headlines are Mobina Galore, Sinzere, country music, Global Citizen, Ric Ocasek, Sony Walkman, Whitney Houston, Bob Lefsetz, and Lewis Capaldi

Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 18, 2019

By FYI Staff

.Carly Rae Jepsen’s Dedicated fans still revel in her teenage dreams

In Toronto, Jepsen’s upbeat constituency of poptimists and LGBTQ people celebrated in her effervescent presence, bopping to the teenage-dream euphoria of Run Away With Me as they submitted (at least in spirit) to the song’s tempting, giddy offer. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

Q&A: Tegan and Sara rewrite their history with High School

In a memoir about their teen years, the Calgary pop duo takes control of the narrative on getting high, secret girlfriends and battling trolls on comment boards. – Samantha Edwards, NOW

Arcade Fire’s Funeral at 15: 'It was pretty obvious something was going on'

Even if Arcade Fire’s influence doesn’t loom as large as when Funeral rocked the Montreal scene, many of the institutions remain that allowed bands like them to flourish. – Erik Leijon, Montreal Gazette


Ten questions with Mobina Galore

The dairy-and-Timberlake-obsessed Winnipeg punk duo is pleased to meet you—and rips your ears off.  – Morgan Mullin, The Coast

Calgary rapper Sinzere fueled by her family’s resilience on Ghetto Gabby

Calgary rapper Sinzere has channeled a lifetime of music and the resiliency of her family into a career that’s landed her on the same stage as artists like Elephant Man, Obie Trice, and Mavado. Her mother’s resiliency and triumph are now the central themes of Sinzere’s forthcoming album, Ghetto Gabby, a narrative hip-hopera. – Jonathan Crane, Beat Route

Windsor musician's publicity stunt on Ambassador Bridge criticized as dangerous, selfish

A Windsor rock musician wanted everybody to know about his new single — and he was willing to endanger himself, endanger others, and tie up emergency resources to do it. "A very selfish act," say Windsor police. – Dalson Chen, Windsor Star

Cuts to TDSB enriched music programs leave parents bereft

Toronto District School Board parents knew in the spring that a $1.4-million cut was coming to the $5-million itinerant music instructor program — which includes instruction on steel pan, band and string instruments for students in Grades 5 to 8 — but the specifics weren’t made known until late last week. – Donovan Vincent Toronto Star

Scheer would restore Harper's child fitness and arts tax credits Liberals axed

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer wants to revive two more of Stephen Harper’s boutique tax credits that were later axed by the Trudeau Liberals.The two will allow Canadian families to claim credits for expenses related to their families’ fitness- or sports-related activities and for arts and educational expenses.  – CP



Ten hits in which country music brags about its identity crisis

From Loretta Lynn and John Denver to The Dixie Chicks, –  Randy Lewis, LA Times

Guild of Music Supervisors President: ‘The economics of the job don’t work anymore’

Variety talked to outgoing GMS President Thomas Golubic about the wins and challenges he’s faced as a for-hire supervisor and leader (Joel C. High takes over the top spot this month) to scores of professionals. – JP Herman

How Ric Ocasek met Paulina Porizkova, and helped define the ’80s, with The Cars’ weird music videos

With his gawky frame and indeterminate age, the late singer-songwriter was the unlikeliest video star of the decade—and the first to land in the Museum of Modern Art.  – Rob Tannenbaum, Vanity Fair

Global Citizen announces massive live concert planned in the spirit of Live Aid

The nonprofit known for its efforts to end extreme poverty, has announced “Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream,” a 10-hour performance, spanning five continents to raise funds to support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. – Celebrity Access

Ric Ocasek obituary

Singer, songwriter and frontman of the Cars, the US rock group that enjoyed success with hits such as Drive and My Best Friend’s Girl.  – Garth Cartwright Guardian


Sony releases a Walkman for its 40th anniversary

The Sony Walkman is back. The electronics maker will release a new version of its revolutionary portable music player, it announced at IFA 2019, a leading annual consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. First released in 1979, the Sony TPS-L2 Walkman was the first truly portable personal cassette player and changed the way we listen to music. – CNN

Whitney Houston Hologram tour plots first 2020 dates

BASE Hologram previews “An Evening With Whitney” with first image of singer from production. – Ryan Reed, Rolling Stone 

How Lewis Capaldi became a billion stream superstar

Music industry-wise, as he leaves all other UK-born new artist projects in his commercial wake, and as Grammy chatter really begins to swirl around the singer/songwriter, where did Lewis Capaldi come from?  – Tim Ingham, MBW


Pixies review – still thrillingly raw and vital

The alt-rock veterans focus on their new album, but you’re never far from classics that haven’t dated at all. –  Alexis Petridis, The Guardian

Bob Lefsetz to deliver Keynote at Australian Music Week conference

The popular American music industry analyst, broadcaster, podcaster and blogger will be featured at the 2019 Australian Music Week conference in Sydney in November.  – Paul Cashmere, Noise 11

Happy to give folks a place to escape to, Bristol's Elder Island evokes far-flung places with The Omnitone Collection

Bristol dream-pop trio Elder Island has been pigeonholed as a band with a sound that’s impossible to pigeonhole. – Mike UsingerGeorgia Straight

Céline Dion in 'I Am : Céline Dion'
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Céline Dion in 'I Am : Céline Dion'

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Céline Dion Calls Prime Video Documentary 'A Love Letter To My Fans' In a Message at Her Montreal Premiere

The Quebec artist is as vulnerable as ever in 'I Am: Céline Dion,' which premiered on June 17 before its official release on June 25. Here's what we learned from the sneak peek of the film, which is raw and vulnerable and sometimes hard to watch.

The Maisonneuve Theatre in Montreal was packed to celebrate Quebec's national treasure, Céline Dion.

Monday evening, June 17, Prime Video organized a handful of previews of Irene Taylor's highly anticipated documentary I Am: Céline Dion. In Montreal, where Billboard Canada was among the guests, many people came to attend the special screening.

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