Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 30, 2019

Jane Bunnett (pictured) is Cuban music's Canadian connection, Endeavor Group postpones planned IPO, and Billboard's list of top young executives. Others in the headlines include Tegan and Sara, HMV, Begonia, Simply Saucer, Spotify, Bobby Curtola, 2 Chainz, Patti Smith, and Itzhak Perlman.

Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 30, 2019

By FYI Staff

Jane Bunnett: Cuban music's Canadian connection

Saxophonist, flautist and bandleader Jane Bunnett has been travelling back and forth between her home in Toronto and Cuba for over 30 years. Joined by a host of legendary Cuban musicians, the result is a catalogue of over a dozen albums that have explored just about every musical corner of the country. – NPR

U.S. country artists struck gold with crossover hits. Why haven't Canadian acts followed?

US rappers and pop stars have linked arms in solidarity with country artists to generate mass-appeal hits that transcend genre borders. Except the crossover effect didn’t seem to inspire Canadian rap and pop performers to join country singers in the studio the same way. – David Friend, CP 


Tegan and Sara: Hey, I’m Just Like You review – Canadian twins revisit their youth

 The album is a clear-headed amalgamation of their two eras, veering from stomping emo to sleek, synth-led pop. – Michael Cragg, The Observer

Forbes: Time to recognize the wonderful legacy of Bobby Curtola

“I was Justin Bieber before Justin Bieber.” That is just one of those witty lines that came out of a great man, Bobby Curtola, who left us, sadly, on June 4, 2016.Curtola is being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of fame next month. – Edmonton Sun

Simply Saucer: The Cream interview

Talking with Edgar Breau and Craig Bell ahead of the legendary Hamilton proto-punk group’s FMRL-organized show at Little Harpeth Brewing. – Sean Maloney, Nashville Scene

Ten questions with Shotgun Jimmie

The indie songwriter on opening for his heroes Thrush Hermit and curing all ails with barbecued eats. – Morgan Mullins, The Coast

Musical Piaf/Dietrich celebrates a long-time bond between two icons

With all those tales of duelling divas, from Bette Davis and Joan Crawford to Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, it’s a pleasure to learn about a couple of showbiz legends who really liked each other. Piaf/Dietrich, the vibrant musical biography unfolding at the CAA Theatre, celebrates the long-time bond between Édith Piaf, the great French chanteuse, and the German-born Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich. – Martin Morrow, Globe and Mail

The Nostalgia Effect: Is our love for HMV delaying its inevitable fate?

Above everything, Canadian Doug Putman needs to ensure his model is operationally efficient and agile enough to transform with the times. – Andy Halliwell, Essential Retail


Review: Canadian pop singer Begonia wrestles with big questions on Fear

Rather than Instagram’s disingenuous style of curated realness, Alexa Dirks's debut LP flows naturally and unpredictably, like internal monologues set to music. – Chaka V. Grier,  NOW

Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue

The Indigenous Artists showcase included Desiree Dorion and Richard Inman. – Heather Kitching, Roots Music Canada


Endeavor Group postpones planned IPO

Endeavor Group Holdings, the parent company of Los Angeles-based talent agency WME, postponed its IPO  September 26 – the day before its scheduled New York Stock Exchange debut. The entertainment giant made the last minute decision ‘due to weak stock market demand’, according to a report by CNBC. – Murray Stassen, MBW

Spotify launches upgraded $14.99 Family Plan in U.S.

The streamer tipped change last month with a launch in Ireland. The streamer has reportedly also been testing the offering at a higher price in Scandinavia. – Hypebot

40 under 40: Billboard reveals its 2019 roster of young executives shaking up the music business

The list includes fast-rising execs at Def Jam, Concord and Instagram. – Billboard

Theaters’ new way to silence cellphones: Lock them up

Cellphone interruptions are the bane of almost every performer. But now, more cultural institutions and theatrical producers in New York City are embracing a way to curb the use of the devices. – Charles Passy, WSJ

This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc:  Tom Cantone

America’s casino, entertainment, hotel, and resort industry, a $240 billion entertainment and gaming colossus—now represents a powerful global concert distribution network. At its forefront is Tom Cantone, Sr. Corporate Vice President, Sports & Entertainment for Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) who has been responsible for over 10,000 entertainment events during his colorful three-decade career. – Celebrity Access


2 Chainz acquires stake in Atlanta’s A3C Festival & Conference

A3C has announced that rapper Tauheed “2 Chainz” Epps has purchased a stake in the A3C Festival & Conference and is now part of the ownership group. 2 Chainz will be a creative curator and business advisor involved with curating panels and artist lineups, along with “developing the overall experience of A3C,” according to the announcement. This year he will be the closing keynote on October 12 in a fireside chat with the Dapper Dan. – Variety Staff


Fiona Apple reacts to Lil Nas X sample: “Where’s my money, you cute little guy?”

Apple publicly addresses the viral sensation, whose 2018 song Kim Jong samples Every Single Night. – Pitchfork

'I found myself alone': Legendary rocker Patti Smith discusses losing friends, Jesus and Instagram

It starts off with a Polaroid snapshot of a sign: The Dream Inn. Old neon, retro atomic styling. And a search for a cup of coffee. It’s New Year’s Day, 2016. Patti Smith was supposed to be here with Sandy Pearlman, the guy who told her she should start a rock band some 40 years earlier. –  Deborah Dundas, Toronto Star

Greta Thunberg's mother, Malena Ernman, is an opera rock star

Watch the Swedish mezzo-soprano sing arias by Handel and Purcell. –  Robert Rowat, CBC Music 

Meet the future headliners: these are the new artists that smashed it this festival season 

Festival season was fun, wasn’t it? Here, the NME Staff have clumped together their collective brain to try and piece together all the exciting new stuff we discovered in the fields, and the already-stars that made the leap this summer. – Thomas Smith, NME

Review: Violin master Itzhak Perlman delights with mainstream show

The appearance of violin superstar Itzhak Perlman for a one-evening event with the CPO brought out music lovers in droves. And the ovation when Perlman piloted his wheelchair onto the stage was overwhelming. Clearly, he has many fans in Calgary. – Kenneth Delong, Calgary Herald

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The Weeknd Spotted at Kendrick Lamar's 'Pop Out' Concert in Los Angeles

Unlike former Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan, the Scarborough-born artist never got onstage, but he was in the audience of the show that featured Drake diss tracks 'Not Like Us' and 'Euphoria.'

Kendrick Lamar took over the internet last night (June. 19) with his "Pop Out" concert live-streamed on Prime Video from the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. If it wasn't clear Kendrick had won public opinion in his beef with Drake, it was when the stage united cultural figures from L.A. — from up-and-comers to legends like Dr. Dre, basketball stars like Russell Westbrook, even someone Drake name-dropped in one of his diss tracks, DJ Mustard — to dance along to the scathing "Not Like Us."

DeMar DeRozan, the beloved former Toronto Raptor who was once close enough to Drake that he spilled the beans on an upcoming mixtape joined fellow L.A.-born NBA player Westbrook onstage at the Forum during "Not Like Us."

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