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Telsa to Start Its Own Streaming Service. Wait–What?

Elon “Tony Stark” Musk has his fingers in everything: electric cars, the Hyperloop, battery technology, space rocketry. So why not add a streaming service to the mix? According to Recode, Tesla has had discussions with the major labels about a licensing deal for a new streaming music service. Rumours are that he wants to start [&hellip.. Let`s see

The Smiths: Still Huge 30 Years After Their Breakup Thanks to the Interwebs

I remember walking into the studios of CFNY in September 1987 and encountering a very somber mood. “What’s wrong,” I asked. “The Smiths have broken up” came the reply. “We just got the latest Melody Maker. They’ve got the full story.” Music news traveled much slower in those pre-Internet days. Our MM was already a week [&hellip.. Let`s see

Apple Wants to Reduce the Royalty Rate It Pays for Music

All the streaming services have to pay for the privilege of using someone’s copyrighted work for their business model. But not all streamers pay the same. Spotify, for example, pays out 52% of all its revenue in royalties, down from the 55% it had to pay during its last licensing period. The reduction saved money-hemorrhaging [&hellip.. Let`s see

The Secret Lives of Spotify Playlists

How many playlists does Spotify host? Tens of millions? Billions, maybe? And how much do we really know about them and where they come from? You may be very, very surprised. CashMusic.Org takes a look into some interesting specifics. Not all Spotify playlists are created equally. To begin understanding this, look at them closely. Literally. [&hellip.. Let`s see

Random Music News for Thursday, June 22, 2017

Back from SE Asia after a Wednesday that lasted about 37 hours. Bloody International Dateline. Jet lag has set in, so please excuse any typso. And now, the music news for June 22. Time for Glastonbury. Here are 12 things that will definitely happen. Here’s what it looks like from above. And it will be [&hellip.. Let`s see

A Coda for The Slants

It’s been a helluva week for Simon Tam and The Slants. On Monday, when the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favour of the band, finding that the US Patent and Trademark Office violated their First Amendment rights by denying them a trademark for their name, it closed an eight-year saga for Tam. He chose to [&hellip.. Let`s see

NXNE Future Land Today in Toronto

Today in Toronto NXNE is holding Future Lands at The Great Hall (1087 Queen St W, Toronto.) What is the Future Land conference? “NXNE Future Land packs inspiration and creativity NXNE announces the return of Future Land, a one-day conference presenting a platform for industry experts and artists to discuss all elements of the music, digital, gaming [&hellip.. Let`s see

Payola No Longer Off the Table for Spotify

Payola is the practice—the illegal practice—of a record label paying a broadcaster to play a song or artist at a higher rate than other artists. There was a massive scandal decades ago in which radio stations were found to accept bribes to favour this artist or that one. It brought down some of the biggest [&hellip.. Let`s see

The Dancing Baby Won’t Have a Performance at the Supreme Court

The dancing baby is closer to being a dancing teenager at this point, but his mom’s ongoing lawsuit against Prince’s record label has, at least temporarily, stopped movin’ and groovin’. On Monday, in addition to ruling in favour of The Slants in their First Amendment case against the US Patent and Trademark Office, the US [&hellip.. Let`s see

Advice for Musicians: Make Art for Art’s Sake

[David MacPherson is the author of a soon-to-be published book on the history of Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern, a project that saw him interview a great many musicians. Those conversations got him thinking about the nature–and the purpose–of making art. – AC] “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide [&hellip.. Let`s see

More Music From The Inbox 21 Jun 2017 Cloud Nothings, Half Japanese, The Molochs and More!

Artist: Cloud Nothings, “Up To The Surface” Album: Life Without Sound This band out of Cleveland, Ohio makes me very happy Sounds like:  Coming up for air Link/Listen/Watch: Artist: Half Japanese, “Attack of the Giant Leeches” Album: Hear The Lions Roar These punk legends never stop producing greatness Sounds like:  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Link/Listen/Watch: Artist: The Molochs, [.. Let`s see

Random Music News for Wednesday, June 20, 2017

Left the hotel in Singapore at 3:45 am Wednesday morning. I’ll arrive home in Toronto at 7:25 pm the same day. That’s one long Wednesday. And now, the music news for June 20. Speaking of airlines, Queen’s Brian May is not happy with the first class cabin on British Airways. Here’s how Chris Cornell’s daughters [&hellip.. Let`s see

Remember the Radiohead Stage Collapse Trial? It’s Ended in a Mistrial

The Bill Cosby court case wasn’t the only mistrial this week. Remember when Radiohead’s stage in Toronto collapsed and killed one of their roadies? The legal proceedings from that 2012 accident still haven’t been settled–and it may be a while yet. To review: In June 2012, just hours before the start of a concert at [&hellip.. Let`s see


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