Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 5, 2018

Ahmet Ertegun (pictured) and Atlantic Records exposed, Country Music Week comes to Hamilton, and Aretha dies without a will. Also making headlines are Bono, Eminem, Pauls-McCartney and Simon, Glimmerglass fest, Ryley Walker, Tim Baker, Anna Calvi, Shirley Manson, Jon Wort Hannam, John Orpheus, and AC/DC.

Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 5, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Porn, sex toys, cocaine, hookers: life inside 80s Atlantic Records

Watching porn in the office, using dildos as decor, and executives bragging about the size of their manhood: This was the record industry before the age of MeToo.  Dorothy Carvello, the first female A&R executive for Atlantic Records - has written a tell-all memoir.  –  Daniel Bates, Daily Mail

Your guide to Country Music Week in Hamilton | #CCMAawards

For five days, Hamilton will be Nashville North. The city will play host to more than 10,000 fans and some 510 CCMA delegates during the week. There will even be bands greeting arrivals at the airport.  – Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator


Aretha Franklin’s lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs

Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. Her heirs won’t have it so simple. Though she lived to 76, the Queen of Soul died without a will. –  Andrew Dalton, AP


U2's Bono suffers 'complete loss of voice' at Berlin gig

Irish rock band U2 cut short a performance in Berlin on Saturday night, later saying that Bono had "suffered a complete loss of voice." "We don't know what has happened and we're taking medical advice," said a statement signed by band members. –  CNN

Eminem addresses Trump rap in surprise album Kamikaze

With no advance fanfare, Eminem released a surprise album last week, using the opening track to address the aftermath of last year’s freestyle rap aimed at U.S. President Donald Trump and his supporters. –  Daniel Victor, New York Times

The best Toronto concerts happening in September 2018

British producer Sophie brings the hype, Aqua and Prozzäk nostalgia overload, plus the last few outdoor festivals and more coming your way this month.  –  NOW

Paul McCartney and Paul Simon are rethinking the idea of the 76-year-old pop star

Paul McCartney and Paul Simon have new albums that suggest these pop veterans are intent on pushing ahead.  – Mikael Wood, LA Times

A Christmas truce inspires Cooperstown

There were other reasons besides Silent Night for visiting this summer’s Glimmerglass Festival, that unlikely operatic mecca for northern New York state and southern Quebec and Ontario, nestled in a country field outside “a drinking town with a baseball problem,” as T-shirts in a local restaurant proclaimed.  –  William Littler, Toronto Star


Ryley Walker listens to Leonard Cohen for the first time: "Fuck this guy"

Leonard Cohen is one of the most universally admired songwriters ever, and his 1971 third album is a fan and critic favourite. We played it for Ryley Walker. –  Noisey

10 upcoming Vancouver gigs to get you rockin', rollin', or both

If you're in the mood to scout out potential Vancouver-area concerts in the coming months, here are 10 quick picks, with some video incentive to help you decide. –  Steve Newton, Georgia Straight

Tim Baker’s elemental thing 

Hey Rosetta’s leader returns solo with a slate of new songs he hopes fans can continue to connect to. –  Tara Thorne, The Coast

Anna Calvi: Hunter review – gutsy and resonant

Anna Calvi is a dramatic performer, armed with a fearsome guitar sound and a voice that can pivot from languorous to carnivorous in a heartbeat. –  Kitty Empire, The Observer

Roots column: Seasoned songwriter is still learning new tricks

“I feel like I've gotten a little bit smarter as I've gotten older, I don't need a lot in my life, and I'm really happiest when I'm sitting playing my guitar.” — John Wort Hannam.  –  Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Garbage's Shirley Manson: 'I want to feel love, lust and everything in between'

Twenty years on from their seminal album, Version 2.0, the band’s singer is still as driven by anxiety and anger as ever. She talks about her history of self-harm, the pressures of fame – and why she has become so vocal in the #MeToo movement. –  Eve Barlow, The Guardian


Toronto's John Orpheus bring Afro-diasporic music downtown

The band debut their dreamy new Lost video and talk about Haus Orpheus, their DIY collective creating space for their community in the city. –  Sumiko Wilso, NOW

"It's never too early for a little AC/DC": two media guys talk AC/DC in Vancouver

I was on the receiving end of questions recently, when Stephen Quinn of CBC’s Early Edition wanted the scoop on the rumours flying around about AC/DC possibly recording a new album in Vancouver.  –  Steve Newton, Georgia Straight

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    50 Cent Takes A Victory Lap at Toronto's Cabana Pool Bar: Canadian Concerts of the Week

    Also this week: it's festival season, with Hillside, Le Festif! and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival all happening on the same weekend.

    Summer is in swing, and that means festival season. While many of the biggest ones take place in August, this weekend sees a handful of folk or adjacent events with the perfect summer vibes. Find those below, after our concert of the week featuring one of the biggest rap success stories of the last two decades.

    Concert of the Week

    50 Cent at Cabana Pool Bar, Toronto — Saturday, July 20

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