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Music Biz Headlines: Taylor Swift's Music  Back on TikTok, Just In Time for 'The Tortured Poets Department'

Our weekly compendium of headlines from home and around the globe also collects stories on the crisis of Canadian arts organizations, new streaming platforms, and debunking exaggerated reports of Coachella's death.

Taylor Swift 'The Tortured Poets Department'

Taylor Swift 'The Tortured Poets Department'

Beth Garrabrant

Canada in Top Three Countries for Music Exports on Spotify, But Some Hit Artists May Not Qualify as Canadian

Canadian artists generated more than $400-million in royalties from listeners outside Canada on Spotify in 2023, and were the top exporters of music on the platform behind the U.S. and U.K., the annual Loud & Clear report found. But the platform is warning that some successful songs exported may not qualify as officially Canadian under CRTC rules.– Marie Woolf, Globe and Mail

An Inside Look at the Escalating Crisis in Toronto Arts: 'We Have to Come Together and Find Solutions'

Dozens of arts organizations have shuttered completely or reduced operations since the pandemic. What can be done? – Joshua Chong, Toronto Star


Some Toronto Theatres Have Been Duped by AI-generated Reviews

The disappearance of theatre criticism makes for an uphill battle for theatre marketers. What role will AI reviews play in arts marketing moving forward? – Aisling Murphy, Toronto Star

Guess Who's Burton Cummings Will Give Up His Royalties to Stop Alleged 'Cover Band'

The Canadian musician has cancelled performing license agreements for all of his songs, which will prevent the act currently performing under The Guess Who name from playing hits like "American Woman" and "These Eyes." – Rosie Long Decter, Billboard Canada

Actors Delve Beneath the Legend in Tom Wilson’s story, ‘Beautiful Scars’

“Wilson’s journey, searching for his true identity is so touching, so telling, that performing his story is going to be emotional.” – Gary Smith, Hamilton Spectator

The Inaugural Country Club Country Music & Whiskey Festival Takes Place at Vancouver's PNE Fairgrounds.

As its name suggests, the July 7 event will revolve around country music and whiskey Headlining the Country Club Country Music & Whiskey Festival will be the genre-mashing Tanner Adell Co-headlining is Victoria’s Jojo Mason. – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight


Lapu-Lapu Block Party Headliners Include Manila Grey and John Concepcion

Juno-nominated R&B up-and-comers Manila Grey and Grammy-nominated songwriter John Concepcion have been announced as headliners of this year’s first-ever Lapu-Lapu Block Party, taking place April 27 at John Oliver Secondary in Vancouver. – Georgia Straight

'Integral Part of our Music Community': Emma Finch Shares the Blues With a New Generation in Saskatoon

Saskatoon Blues Society president Emma Finch is making sure her "number-one passion" can thrive in the city for decades to come. – Star-Phoenix

London Jazz Festival Concert Series

The new London Jazz Festival is happening throughout April with 19 concerts at five venues across the city. – London Free Press


Taylor Swift's Music is Back on TikTok, Despite Its Dispute With UMG

When you’re as big as Taylor Swift, you set your own rules. That might be one key takeaway from the news reports that Swift’s music has started reappearing on TikTok – despite the ongoing licensing dispute between the social media platform and Universal Music Group, her home. – Daniel Tencer, Music Business Worldwide

The Music Streaming Revolution is Here, Thanks to These New Streaming Platforms

Qobuz, Marine Snow, and TOKiMONSTA’s are the latest disruptors in the streaming game. Their goal? To pay artists their full worth and give consumers the best experience. Tamzin Kraftman, MusicTech


Gender Inequality in Music Mirrors the Challenges of Streaming… As do its Opportunities for Change

Artists across the board are struggling in this environment. Yet, along with the challenges have come new opportunities. – Hanna Kahlert, MIDIA

The Reports of Coachella’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

I spent the last three days in dust-blown Indio walking tens of thousands of steps with tens of thousands of other people at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. It marked the 25th weekend I’ve done this as a journalist. – Vanessa Franco, LA Times


The Sound of Science: How Music Can Transform Our Brains

By blending technology and tunes, researchers are discovering that what we listen to may have the power to heal what ails us. – David Paterson, Toronto Star

Voice Lessons

There’s much to learn about independent media from the life and death of The Village Voice. – Kevin Lozano, NY Times Books

It’s a Grotesque Insult for Back to Black to Suggest Amy Winehouse Died of Heartache Over her Childlessness

Sam Taylor-Johnson’s biopic suggests that the singer’s desire for a baby was the main source of her suffering. It’s a gendered simplification that exonerates the forces that killed her. – Laura Snapes, The Guardian

Morgan Wallen Arrested After Police Say He Threw a Chair off the Roof of a Bar

Wallen, 30, was booked into jail on three felony counts of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, Metro Nashville Police tweeted. – Associated Press

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The Black Keys Cancel North American Leg of International Players Tour

The rock duo's 31-date arena trek was scheduled to launch in September and included a date at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena on Oct. 11, 2024.

The Black Keys have abruptly canceled their upcoming North American tour.

The 31-date arena trek — which was scheduled to launch Sept. 17 in Tulsa, Okla., and wrap Nov. 12 in Detroit — quietly disappeared from Ticketmaster’s website without explanation on Friday (May 24).

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