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Music Biz Headlines, Dec. 14, 2023: Keanu Reeves's Dogstar Band, Road Warrior Terra Lightfoot & More


A weekly compendium of interesting headlines from Canada and around the globe.

Dogstar, with Keanu Reeves on the right

Dogstar, with Keanu Reeves on the right

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Canadian

In the Hollywood Rock Trio Dogstar, Keanu Reeves is Just One of Three

Dogstar, a Southern California alt-rock trio of actor-musicians, played Lee’s Palace in Toronto on Saturday. One might have noticed was that the bass player was Toronto-raised film star Keanu Reeves, who really wasn’t that noticeable at all.- Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail


Terra Lightfoot: Road Warrior Gets Help From The Hammer

Sizzling guitar player, soulful singer inspired by family, friends and mentors to fulfill her musical dreams. - Michael Hollett, NEXT

Bryan Adams Reveals Diana Song Lyrics Sparked 'Surreal' Friendship with Royal

Bryan Adams has spoken for the first time about how his friendship with Princess Diana was sparked by a song he wrote about her doomed marriage. The singer recalled how the late royal said she found the lyrics about him "losing his mind" on the day she married Prince Charles "very funny." - Rachel Russell & John Hand, BBC News

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In Shady Characters, Mike Herriott Fiinds New Inspiration

Trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist Mike Herriott has released a new recording called Tales of Tricksters and Vagabonds, inspired by a selection of off-colour characters from various literary works. - Brad Barker, JazzFM

Theremin Man's “Sagittarius A-Star” Sends a Much-needed Message of Love

The first single from the upcoming sophomore album Songs for the Future, “Sagittarius A-Star” finds Vancouver scene vet Stephen Hamm continuing to winningly reinvent himself with the instrument he first took up just over a decade ago. - Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

'Cinematic' Pop Star Josh Alexander Is a Musical Threat in 3 Languages

Born in Quebec City, Alexander is fluent in French, English and Spanish. - Brock Wilson, CBC News

Every Big Show Coming to Halifax (And Beyond) in 2024

An ever-updated list of concerts, comedy shows, live performance, theatre and events in Nova Scotia. - The Coast

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Rush's Alex Lifeson Joins Geddy Lee at Toronto Book Tour Stop To Share Memories

Geddy Lee surprised a venue of Rush fans on Thursday by marching out old friend and longtime bandmate Alex Lifeson to help him traverse decades of shared memories at Massey Hall. - David Friend, CP

Rose City Band’s Erik “Ripley” Johnson on Touring, Jamming, and The Melancholy of Fall

We caught up with Ripley in advance of Rose City Band’s second Vancouver show of the year to discuss how the tour’s been going, how the band’s holding up, and what comes next. - Stephen Smysnuik, Georgia Straight

International

Spotify Is Screwed

Spotify is the world’s biggest music streamer but rarely turns a profit and just cut 17 percent of its workforce. Its business model looks increasingly precarious. - Wired

Spotify’s CFO is Out Days After Mass Layoffs

Paul Vogel, who came to Spotify in 2020, will depart the company in March 2024 as the company doubles down on margin over growth. The Verge

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour is The First Tour To Gross Over $1 Billion

Not only was Swift’s landmark Eras Tour the No. 1 tour both worldwide and in North America, but she also brought in a whopping US$1.04-billion with 4.35 million tickets sold across 60 tour dates, the concert trade publication Pollstar found. - Maria Sherman, AP

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Attention All Barbz: Nicki Minaj Has Released 'Pink Friday 2,' 13 years After the Original

Nicki Minaj 's highly anticipated fifth studio album, “Pink Friday 2,” is finally here. - Maria Sherman, AP

Ex-model and Actor Who Starred in Hit Aerosmith Video Arrested for Attempted Rape

Dean Kelly, a former male model, who appeared in the music video for Aerosmith’s hit song “Crazy” in 1994, was arrested and charged with attempted rape earlier this week, meeting the women through dating apps. - New York Post

New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Will Feature Janelle Monae, Green Day, Ludacris, Renee Rapp and More in LA

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Ryan Seacrest will usher in 2024 on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” from New York City’s Times Square alongside his host Rita Ora.The Los Angeles party boasts of a star-studded lineup:Coco Jones, Doechii, Ellie Goulding, pop-punks Green Day, 2024 Grammy album of the year nominee Janelle Monae, and Canadians Loud Luxury. - AP

In The Court of the Crimson King: The Hardest Working Prog-Rockers Prog-Rock On

If you are a King Crimson fan, then, I’ve already done my job, just letting you know this documentary exists. If you are not a King Crimson fan, but love music or are interested in the process of making music, then, you should consider watching this documentary anyway. -Karen Gordon, Original Cin

AP's Top Albums of 2023: Music From Olivia Rodrigo, Peso Pluma, The Rolling Stones and More

Ten of the top albums of the year, as chosen by Music Writer Maria Sherman. -AP

Adele Says Staying in Sunny LA Staves Off Seasonal Depression

Singer, who reportedly bought $58m property last year, says she also gets left alone in Los Angeles. - The Guardian

ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus, Sir Ian McKellen and Kylie Minogue Are Christmas Knitwits

Bjorn Ulvaeus from ABBA and Sir Ian McKellen have premiered the third of their Christmas “Knitting” videos with an appearance from Kylie Minogue in the first episode. -Noise11

‘He Embodied Who We Are, Warts and All: Dublin Mourners Bid Farewell to Shane MacGowan

Tears and applause as band plays Fairytale of New York and people recall memories of pubs, squats, youth, dreams and loss. - Rory Carroll, The Guardian

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé

FYI

The Billboard Canada FYI Bulletin: Beyoncé Country Hit A Win For Canadian Songwriters

Also in this week's roundup of industry news: Kayla Diamond launches her own boutique imprint, SOCAN names an ombudsman, and time's running out for noms for this year's Rosalie Award honouring trailblazing women in broadcasting.

Beyoncé becomes the first Black woman to top Billboard’s Country Songs chart with “Texas Hold ‘Em” and it has gone to No. 1 on iTunes in 14 different countries and counting. There are some surprising connections. The song is co-written and co-produced by Ontario-born writer/producer Nathan Ferraro, whose previous collaborations include working with Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, Bear Mountain, RALPH, Shawn Hook, Alyssa Reid, Jessie Reyez, Lowell and Tyler Shaw.

In fact, the song has deep Canadian origins. Two other Canadian songwriters participated in this runaway hit: Megan Bülow (who records and performs as bülow) as and Elizabeth "Lowell" Boland (a.k.a. Lowell), with Ferraro co-producing the track with Killah B and Beyoncé.

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