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Music Biz Headlines: How Mulroney Boosted Bublé, A New Joni Mitchell Bio & More

Our weekly compendium of headlines from across Canada and beyond also includes stories on Jann Arden, Allison Russell, NorthSideBaby, jukebox musicals, Spotify and Drake.

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How Brian Mulroney Helped Michael Bublé Land His Big Break

A chance meeting, led to a wedding invite that changed the course of Canadian crooner's career. - Mark Daniell, Postmedia

Jann Arden, Rick Mercer Plot 16-date Canadian Comedy and Storytelling Tour

The pair are joining forces for a spring tour. - David Friend, Canadian Press

How Dene Rapper NorthSideBaby Became the Voice For a New Generation of Indigenous Rap Fans

Dawson Pastion, a 24-year-old rap and R&B-inspired musician from Dene Tha’ First Nation, is on the verge of a major rise. - Jamin Mike,Toronto Star

Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival Will Continue... For Now


The annual Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival—which takes place each year at Deer Lake Park—was nearly on the chopping block this month. - Kristi Alexandra, Georgia Straight

What the Rise of the Jukebox Musical Says About the Future of Commercial Theatre

From “Mamma Mia!” and “Jersey Boys” to “Ain’t Too Proud” and “Moulin Rouge!” the jukebox musical has indelibly shaped the modern theatre canon. - Joshua Chong, Toronto Star

Music Books Round-up: A Riot Grrrl Memoir and a Much-Anticipated Joni Mitchell Biography

Author Ann Powers agreed to make Mitchell’s career “the centre of my world for awhile,” she writes in the introduction of the resulting book, Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell, to be published in June. - Brad Wheeler, Globe & Mail

Allison Russell Cancels, Postpones Shows After Getting Caught in Storm

Montreal folk singer Allison Russell has been forced to cancel or postpone some tour dates after being caught in stormy winter weather in Western Canada. - CP

Drake Pays Tribute to Mother & Daughter Killed After His Show

Laticha Bracero and Alyssa Cordova were leaving Drake and J. Cole's tour stop in St. Louis on Feb. 13 when they were hit by a speeding car. - Billboard


Can’t-miss Vancouver Concerts in March 2024

Has spring sprung? It’s hard to say. The beginning of bloom season is just around the corner, even if it doesn’t feel like it yet. Here are the concerts in Vancouver you can’t miss this month. - V. S. Wells, Georgia Straight

Concert Announcements: Kings of Leon Headed to Edmonton, Ice Cube Gets a Second Date

Edmonton’s concert slate is filling up for 2024 with several highly anticipated shows scheduled for the summer and fall months, including by Metallica, Pink Avril Lavigne and Bruce Springsteen. - Trevor Robb, Edmonton Journal

AI Has Come For Music. There's a Great Big Sea Between People and Algorithms

The production is slick, the drums are on point, and the vocals sound great, but a titan of Newfoundland's music scene hears something off about “It Could Be Worse" and "Tales of The Atlantic," two songs generated in less than a minute by a powerful algorithm. - Sarah Smellie, CP

Classical, Jazz and Blues Concert Round-Up: Isata Kanneh-Mason, Jon Batiste and More

10 recommended classical, jazz and blues concerts across the country in March include a Grammy winner’s debut headlining tour, a French orchestra’s long-awaited return to North America and a concert from a blues music legend. - Brad Wheeler, Globe & Mail



Only 19% of Artists on Spotify Had Over 1,000 Monthly Listeners in 2023

This means that, according to stats for Spotify for 2023, approximately 7.9 million artists on the streaming platform had fewer than 1,000 monthly listeners in 2023, while just over 1.8 million had more than 1,000 monthly listeners on the platform last year. -Murray Stassen, MBW

Layoffs Are Underway at Universal Music Group

Department heads in promotion and communications at Interscope and Def Jam are among those who have been let go. - Dan Rys & Billboard Staff, Billboard


Hangout FM and Beatdapp Join Forces to Combat Streaming Fraud

Hangout FM, a social music platform owned by Turntable Labs, has announced a partnership with Beatdapp, a blockchain-based music streaming fraud detection company, to combat streaming fraud. - Mandy Dalugdug, MBW

BRIT Awards: Raye Sets Record at Britain's Pop Music Honours

Singer-songwriter Raye was the big winner at the BRIT Awards, the biggest night in British music, on Saturday, setting a new record for most prizes in one night at the annual ceremony. - Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Reuters

‘Barbie’ Wins Big at 2024 Guild of Music Supervisors Awards: Full Winners List

Robbie Robertson was posthumously honored with the Icon Award. Allan Mason won the Legacy Award. - Paul Grein, Billboard

‘Barbie,’ ‘Daisy Jones & the Six’ Win at Guild of Music Supervisors Awards

Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell take home Best Song Written and/or Recorded for a Film for their Oscar-nominated track, “What Was I Made For?” - Steve Pond, The Wrap

Two Men Convicted of Killing Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay 22 Years After Rap Star's Death

More than 20 years after Run-D.M.C. star Jam Master Jay was brazenly gunned down in his recording studio, two men close to him were convicted Tuesday of murder. - Jennifer Peltz and Cedar Attanasio, AP

Music Producer Latest to Accuse Sean 'Diddy' Combs of Sexual Misconduct

Sean “Diddy” Combs was sued last week by a music producer who accused the hip-hop mogul of sexually assaulting him and forcing him to have sex with prostitutes. - AP

Gwen Stefani performs with No Doubt at Coachella on Saturday, April 13, 2024.
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Gwen Stefani performs with No Doubt at Coachella on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

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The Coachella Bump: Gains for Headliners, Reunions, Rising Pop Stars & More

This week's Trending Up looks at the rise in streams for weekend one performers at the Coachella Festival, as well as some Wrestlemania-related wins and a Shaboozey breakout hit.

Welcome to Billboard Pro’s Trending Up column, where we take a closer look at the songs, artists, curiosities and trends that have caught the music industry’s attention. Some have come out of nowhere, others have taken months to catch on, and all of them could become ubiquitous in the blink of a TikTok clip.

This week: The first weekend of Coachella spurs gains for a lot of the biggest and most ascendant names involved, while songs that soundtracked the biggest moments of Wrestlemania XL also see big bumps, a
Cowboy Carter collaborator has his first solo breakout hit and more.


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